September 2022 marked the 60th anniversary of the first appearance of the international Fluxus network. Beginning in 1962, a number of cities in Europe and the US hosted Fluxus events. A loosely-knit group of young artists became notorious for destroying a grand piano, shaving their hair on stage, dipping their heads in tomato sauce, or making a salad – posing a challenge for the audiences and the press alike. "Music with egg," "They hang up cabbage and say it's art," "Latest music in madhouse style" – these headlines accompanied performances by Eric Andersen, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht, Philip Corner, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, Tomas Schmit, Mieko Shiomi, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Emmett Williams and many others. It was their aim to overcome the bourgeois notions of art and music. Some of these artists are still active today.
Fluxus also plays a role in 2022: Fluxus matters! The concept that everyday life, its sounds, activities and objects are interesting from an artistic point of view is still relevant today. Consequently, Fluxus artists became artists' artists, whose works provide continuous inspiration, especially for young artists, performers, and musicians.
FLUXUS MATTERS focuses on the materials used to create Fluxus objects and compositions, including all aspects of daily life: language, music, everyday objects, sports, games, nature. Visitors are invited to explore Fluxus ideas in a playful way, to experience the everyday in a new way, and to rediscover one of the most important artistic networks of the 20th century.