Materialaktion Nr. 19 (Bodybuilding), Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Wien, Otto Muehl
Otto Muehl
Materialaktion Nr. 19 (Bodybuilding), Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Wien
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Otto Muehl

Materialaktion Nr. 19 (Bodybuilding), Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Wien, 1965


Blattmaß
89.5 x 38.5 cm
Physical Description
Gelatin silver print, baryta paper
Inventory Number
St.F.3927
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The artist and commune-founder Otto Muehl was one of the best-known and controversial personalities in Austria. As one of the main proponents of Viennese Actionism, he carried out during the 1960s actions and performances which were concentrated on the human body. The aim was to cast out the hidden mechanisms and imprinted characteristics of bourgeois society. As the opposite side of the coin, however, this liberation from conservative moral strictures in his commune during the 1970s opened wide the door to illicit sexual activities with minors and to instances of rape, for which he was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment in 1991. Despite all these tragic elements, the circumstances of his life were also a continuation of the connection between art and life which was repeatedly advocated by modernism.

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Administration
Collection
Creditline
Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main, Eigentum des Städelschen Museums-Vereins e.V.
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Acquisition
Acquired in 2015, property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Primary
  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 61B2(MUEHL, Otto) historical person (MUEHL, Otto)
  • 48B1 artist at work, in his workshop
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31D14(+51) adult man (+ standing)
  • 31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa)
  • 41D91 man (showing himself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31AA231 standing figure - AA - female human figure
  • 41C241 cellar
Secondary
  • 22C4 colours, pigments, and paints
  • 41C61 flour
  • 43C sports, games and physical performances
  • 41A77 containers
  • 41D283 mask
  • 61E(Vienna) names of cities and villages (Vienna)

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04.05.2021