Slashing, Smashing, Setting on Fire - Destruction in Argentinian Art of the 1960s

Bohnenblust, Laura Valentina (6 November 2015). Slashing, Smashing, Setting on Fire - Destruction in Argentinian Art of the 1960s (Unpublished). In: Into the Wild. Art and Architecture in a Global Context. 17. Nachwuchskolloquium für Kunstgeschichte in der Schweiz. Universität Zürich. 06.-07.11.2015.

In 1963, the Argentinian artist Marta Minujín sets her entire Oeuvre on fire and proclaims this action as her first happening. In 1968, Graciela Carnevale locks her visitors up in an empty gallery in Rosario (Argentina) and disappears. The viewers are forced to destroy the room in order to free themselves. With the means of ephemeral art, a suppressive system is built in order to provoke an act of violence. While Minujín’s destructive action is hardly discussed in a political context, Carnevales workis interpreted in connection to her political environment in Argentina of the 1960s. Beyond the politically connoted reception, the act of violence lies in the center of both works, as a manifestation of an aesthetic gesture – embedded in a global context of art history.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History > Contemporary Art
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Art History

UniBE Contributor:

Bohnenblust, Laura Valentina

Subjects:

700 Arts

Language:

English

Submitter:

Laura Valentina Bohnenblust

Date Deposited:

10 Aug 2017 10:22

Last Modified:

20 Mar 2019 13:20

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/97517

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