* 1938

Günter Brus is one of the most important and radical exponents of Viennese Actionism. He consistently used his own body as a means and stage of his art, and went as far as inflicting serious self-injuries. The “Endurance Test,” which took place in Munich in 1970, marked the end of Brus’s Actionist body art. Picture poetry, pure poems and pure drawings followed. Radicalism and excessiveness also characterize his graphic works: wounds, injuries and mutilations in connection with poetry and romanticism. Composed of fragments of realities, the works seem disconcerting in their details, but as a whole they evoke highly individual emotions and are provocative in their obsessive intensity.

The artist, born in 1938, lives and works in Graz.