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date: 16 December 2019

Minujín, Martalocked

(b Buenos Aires, Jan 30, 1943).
  • Nelly Perazzo
  • , revised by William Schwaller

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(b Buenos Aires, Jan 30, 1943).

Argentine performance artist and sculptor. She is recognized for her early adoption of new media technologies and experimental practices. After completing her studies in Buenos Aires at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Manuel Belgrano, the Escuela Nacional Prilidiano Pueyrredón, and the Escuela Nacional Ernesto de la Cárcova, she moved in 1960 to Paris on a scholarship from the Fondo Nacional de las Artes. There she became involved with the presentation of happenings at the Galerie Raymond Cordier and in the Impasse Roussin. In 1963, on the closing day of an exhibition shared with the Portuguese artist Lourdes Castro and the Venezuelan Alejandro Otero, Minujín invited her fellow artist friends to carry her work into the abandoned lot known as the Impasse Roussin and participate in the Happening, The Destruction. In the Happening each of the invited artists, who included Christo and Jean-Jacques Lebel (b 1936), altered her works according to their individual styles, which were then doused in gasoline and burned while rabbits and birds were set free. This work presents the groundwork for Minujín’s use of ephemerality in both the conception of an individual performance and the impermanence of art works, which may be consumed, even destroyed....

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