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.3927b
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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Title
Materialaktion Nr. 19 (Bodybuilding), Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Wien (Original Title)
Title Translation
Material Action No. 19 (Bodybuilding), Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Vienna
Artist
Series
Materialaktion Nr. 19 (Bodybuilding), Perinetkeller, Perinetgasse 1, 1200 Wien
Part Number / Total
2 / 10
Period Produced
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Object Type
Physical Description
Gelatin silver print, baryta paper
Material
Technique
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Rückseite: Etikett signiert (Titel, Jahr, Abzug)

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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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  • 5 Abstract Ideas and Concepts
  • 31D14 adult man
  • 31A231 standing figure
  • 31A the (nude) human figure; 'Corpo humano' (Ripa)
  • 41D91 man (showing himself) undressed, quasi-nude
  • 41C241 cellar
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22.10.2021