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Aktionsraum 1. Tonello, Fernando

Munich. Aktionsraum 1. 1970
The poster for 'Kreuzwortfelder'.

The action / exhibition was held on April 18th, 1970 and continued until the 26th; the action was subtitled 'vom Publikum frei auszufüllen'. The poster is printed in black and appears to have been intended to include printing faults.

In 1969 Eva Madelung (patron), Peter Nemetschek (artist photographer) and Alfred Gulden (theatre studies) established Aktionsraum 1 as an avant-garde collective in Munich. They created a space for young artists in which conventional works and presentational forms from the art-world were to be avoided in favour of providing an effective public platform for the new performative art.

Over the next year, 50 projects concerned with actionism, performance, and Arte Povera took place in a rented and empty factory on Waltherstrasse. Artists such as Klaus Rinke, HA Schult, Jochen Gerz, Christian Attersee, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Giuseppe Penone, Braco Dimitrijevic, Ben Vautier, Günter Saree, Luciano Fabro, Stanley Brouwn, Gruppe OHO and others tried out alternative and innovative art forms in this off-space precursor.

The list of artists also reveals the international standing and avant-garde orientation of the enterprise. The opening on the 18th and 19th October 1969 featured Klaus Rinke, Lindow-Borlat and Tony Morgan. Amongst the most legendary of the actions were the Zerreißprobe (Endurance Test) by Günter Brus and Hermann Nitsch’s 7. Abreaktionsspiel (7th Reaction Game).
Large sheet of white paper. (860 x 610 mm). Monochrome screenprint recto only.