In this retrospective, Neue Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) will provide insights into the early work of the artist, author, and draftsman Tomas Schmit. With his radical questioning of bourgeois art and his approaches to an aesthetic that links art and life, Schmit was a key influence on the Fluxus movement of the early 1960s. Although one of the movement’s pioneers, his early work hardly been noticed: this exhibition project of n.b.k. seeks to close this gap. Under the title ›Tomas Schmit. Stücke, Aktionen, Dokumente 1962—1970‹ (Tomas Schmit: Pieces, Actions, Documents, 1962—1970) the exhibition will be dedicated to the legacy of the Berlin Fluxus and actionist artist with an international reputation. To reflect on the multi-generic character of his art beyond the exhibition context as well, formats will be developed in close collaboration with artists from now and then that invite participation in actions inside and outside the exhibition. The exhibition will feature interpretations and performances by Peter Brötzmann, Nina Canell, Harun Farocki, Mediengruppe Bitnik, Hajnal Németh, Alexandra Pirici, Gerhard Rühm, a. o., that emerge in dialogue with Schmit’s Fluxus pieces.

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