Amor Psyche Aktion: Vienna
The Feminine in Viennese Actionism
Text by Karl Iro Goldblat, Pilar Parcerisas, Reinhard Priessnitz, August Ruhs, Michaela Pöschl, Almuth Spiegler, Andrea Schurian.
The protagonists of the Viennese Actionist movement--Hermann Nitsch, Otto Muehl, Günter Brus and Rudolf Schwarzkogler--were all men, but their work grew out of a larger climate of Austrian and German body-related art and performance in which women played an equal role. Women were also present, of course, in the performances of Nitsch, Muehl et al, as creative collaborators. Amor Pysche Action offers a radical reappraisal of Vienna Actionism’s heritage, larger context and legacy, surveying works by male and female artists such as Adolf Frohner, Gerhard Rühm, Padhi Frieberger, Friederike Pezold, Valie Export, Peter Weibel, Christian Ludwig Attersee, Arnulf Rainer, Bruno Gironcoli, Franz West, Birgit Jürgenssen, Heinz Cibulka, Magdalena Frey, Erwin Wurm, Franz Graf, Elke Krystufek and Kurt Kren, as well as by Nitsch, Muehl, Brus and Schwarzkogler.