Exhibition in progress
Fluxus French Riviera 1963-68…2023
From February 11 to March 25, 2023
Views of the exhibition Fluxus Côte d’Azur 1963-68…2023 © François Fernandez
On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Fluxus movement, the Eva Vautier gallery is pleased to present the group exhibition Fluxus Côte d’Azur 1963-68…2023; Curated by Eva Vautier; History and documentation by Eric De Backer.
Group exhibition with : Marcel Alocco, Eric Andersen, Ay-O, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Biga, Robert Bozzi, George Brecht, Donna Brewer, Giuseppe Chiari, Philip Corner, Charles Dreyfus, Jean Dupuy, Robert Erébo, Robert Filliou, Olivier Garcin, Dany Gobert, Geoffrey Hendricks, Dick Higgins, Max Horde, Ray Johnson, Joe Jones, Alison Knowles, Milan KnížákArnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Jacques Lizène, George Maciunas, Laurent Marissal, Jean Mas, Larry Miller, Serge Oldenbourg dit ‘Serge III’, Nam June Paik, Ben Patterson, René Pietropaoli, Pierre Pontani, Takako Saito, Tomas Schmit, Alain Snyers, Daniel Spoerri, Marianne Staffeldt, Jacques Strauch & Michou Strauch-Barelli, Endre Tót, Gábor Tóth, Annie Vautier, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell Robert Watts.
The gallery team would like to thank Ben Vautier, Caterina Gualco, Patrick Michaud, Christian Zervudacki and Bernard Giovagnoli for the loan of works and archives from their collections.
PERFORMANCES during the opening of the exhibition, Friday, February 10th :
6:00 pm: Singular procession of the students of the Vernier College under the rhythmic guidance of their art teacher Virginie Oberlinger.
6:33 pm : Re-interpretation of John Cage’s musical performance, 4’33 by the students of the collegePort-Lympias under the inspired direction of their music teacher Emmanuelle Catlin and their professor of literature and niçois Michel Pallanca.
7pm: Readings in three voices in homage to Fluxus by Alain Snyers with Olivier Garcin and Max Horde.
7:33 pm: Max Horde presents a surprise.
VISITS TO THE EXHIBITION (by reservation) from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(with Eva Vautier and Eric De Backer), on the following Fridays: March 10, March 17 and March 24
The Fluxus Côte d’Azur 1963-1968 exhibition focuses on the only territory, from Nice to Villefranche-sur-Mer, where the Fluxus phenomenon was successfully grafted in France, first and foremost thanks to the vibrant personality of the artist Ben Vautier, his energy, his tireless and multilingual curiosity, his intuition and his sense of organization.
The exhibition presents the chronicle of the five years from the “Fluxus Art Total Festival” in the summer of 1963 to the closing of La Cédille qui Sourit in the spring of 1968, through the collections and archives of Ben and loans from Marcel Alocco. Following a chronological thread, the exhibition shows places, moments, events and works, and unfolds a gallery of protagonists where we find – alongside Ben Vautier, George Maciunas, Robert Filliou and George Brecht – Annie Vautier, Marianne Staffeldt, Donna Brewer, Robert Bozzi, Serge III Oldenbourg, Dany Gobert, Pierre Pontani, René Pietropaoli, Marcel Alocco, Robert Erébo, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Joe Jones and many others…
This episode of art history approached through the prism of Fluxus, then very little known and even less recognized, is an opportunity to emphasize again the experimental and cosmopolitan dimension of the Côte d’Azur art scene, already highlighted by the exhibitions in deliberate life, a history of performance on the French Riviera at the Villa Arson in 2012 and about Nice at the MAMAC in 2017.