And how Fluxus came to Aachen
Ludwig Forum Aachen
– 19 August 2018
In the 1960s, Valdis Āboliņš, a Latvian, was the driving force behind the Fluxus movement in Aachen, and the namesake of the exhibition “Valdis Āboliņš. And how Fluxus came to Aachen”, held in the Ludwig Forum Aachen. His influence on the town and his connection to this art movement are on show.
Fluxus is the art movement of the 1960s which, inspired by Dadaism, rejects the created artwork as a “bourgeois fetish” and places the creative idea at the centre of art. On 20 July 1964, the then cultural representative of the student council, Valdis Āboliņš, staged a ground-breaking performance art event with Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell and Robert Filliou, in the main lecture theatre of the RWTH Aachen University, and then co-founded the legendary Galerie Aachen, which arranged exhibitions and performances over the next two years with well-known Fluxus artists.
“Valdis Āboliņš. And how Fluxus came to Aachen” is the prelude to the exhibition entitled “Flashes of the Future” (from 20 April 2018) and has been organised in cooperation with the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art in Riga. The presentation honours Āboliņš’s involvement with photographs, films, and original documents about his life and works. In addition, correspondence between him and well-known artists is presented to the public for the first time.
Entry to the Ludwig Forum Aachen is free of charge to visitors on Thursdays.