The exhibition Fluxus East represents a first stocktaking of the diverse Fluxus activities in the former Eastern Bloc; the exhibition shows parallel developments and artistic practices inspired by Fluxus. Besides "classic" Fluxus objects and scores, the display includes film interviews with Fluxus artists, photographs, films, correspondence, and recordings of music that document the presence of Fluxus in the former Eastern Bloc. As an interactive exhibition, Fluxus East aims to facilitate a profound encounter with ideas, works and texts—some presented as facsimiles to permit intense study. In the course of its tour the exhibition has been developed further and considerably enlarged, including new documents and art works especially from Hungarian, Lithuanian, and Estonian collections.
Fluxus East was produced by Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, and funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. Former exhibition venues: Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius; Bunkier Sztuki, Cracow; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn; and Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen.
Curator: Petra Stegmann
Fluxus – Henie Onstad Art Centre
When the Henie Onstad Art Centre was established in 1968, the aim was to be a cross-artistic and dynamic venue for contemporary art and modernism. This is also our goal today. In the 1960s and 70s the core venue of Fluxus related activities in Norway became The Henie Onstad Art Centre, which was the cradle of experimental art in the country. With this cross-over philosophy it falls natural that the Art Centre now also wants to work with and promote Fluxus.
Henie Onstad Art Centre is the owner of a separate collection of Fluxus. This is the result of the significant donation given by Ken Freidman to the Art Centre in 2007. The donation was groundbreaking for the Art Center's continued work with the collection, which in recent years have included a full documentation and registration of the material. Even though the collection today embraces many artists and artworks that have arrived via different channels, the Art Centre has chosen to call the whole collection in its present form "The Ken Friedman Fluxus Collection. Henie Onstad Art Centre". Now, for the first time, the newly-registrated collection is on display in the exhibition Fluxus – Henie Onstad Art Centre.
Curator: Caroline Ugelstad