A core member of the artist collective around Hermann Nitsch, Otto Mühl and Rudolf Schwarzkogler -- instigators of Viennese Actionism -- it was during the early 1960s that Viennese painter, performance artist, graphic artist and writer Günter Brus staged his first actions in Vienna. Due to the radical nature of his works, Brus soon found himself at odds with the Austrian authorities. Sentenced to six months of close arrest, in 1970 Brus absconded to Berlin. During the subsequent years, his works were shown by a range of internationally-renowned museums and galleries -- nowadays, Brus ranks among Austria's most eminent contemporary artists.
The DVD introduces the films Körperanalysen ("Body Analysis"), an overview of Actionism movies from 1964-1970 (by, amongst others, Kurt Kren, Otto Mühl, Ernst Schmid Jr.), compiled and presented in a documentary format by Peter Kasperak, as well as Anita Natmessnig's documentary Schrecklich Verletzlich ("Awfully Hurt"). In addition, the DVD features many slide shows of Actionism photography by Ludwig Hoffenreich, amongst others. Hand-numbered edition of 1,000 copies. The packaging consists of a slip lid box with banderole, containing an 100-page book with photos and texts by Peter Weibel and Theo Altenberg. Running time: 131 mins; Audio-Language (Actions): German, English, French; Audio-Language (Documentary): German; Subtitles: English/French; Format PAL, 4:3/16:9 Color; Audio-Format Stereo (MP2/AC3); Region 0 (All Regions); X-Rated 18; Book: 100 pages; ISBN 978-3-9811856-2-1.
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