Günter Brus
Run-through of an Action 1966

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Günter Brus born 1938
Run-through of an Action
Ablauf einer Aktion
Date 1966
Medium 17 works on paper, ink and graphite
Dimensions Frame: 400 x 1220 mm x 17
Acquisition Purchased 1983
Not on display

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These sketches represent Brus’s detailed plans for a 56 minute performance, listing props, sound effects and specific body positions and movements. Restrained by leather thongs fastened to his ankles, the performer moves intermittently about a room. He reacts to noises including loud bangs, ticking, and a high-pitched sustained sound. At one point he writhes and screams hysterically. He stabs into a wrapped parcel, releasing silver liquid. Originally planned for the Galerie Nächst St Stephen in Vienna, the performance was cancelled by the gallery’s director on the grounds of being ‘too monolithic’.

July 2008

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