Out of Actions
Between performance and the object, 1949-1979
Out of Actions. Between performance and the object, 1949-1979 was a historical overview that analysed the relations between action, performance and the creative process.
The exhibition included works produced by 150 artists from Europe, the United States, Japan and Latin America between 1949 and 1979. The common thread that ran through all the works of action art was a radical deconstruction of the modern concept of artistic creation. By rejecting any kind of formalist attitude and replacing it with performative activities such as music, dance and theatre, these artists achieved the total dematerialisation of their work.
The exhibition included works by Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, John Cage, Valie Export, el grupo Gutai, Rebecca Horn, Allan Kaprow, Yves Klein, Milan Knízák, Bruce Nauman, Hermann Nitsch, Hélio Oiticica, Claes Oldenburg, Yoko Ono, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely, among others.