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Vautier, Benjamin


Born on Apr. 27, 1829, in Morges, Switzerland; died on Apr. 25, 1898, in Dusseldorf. German painter of Swiss origin.

Vautier studied in Geneva from 1847 and in Dusseldorf from 1850. One of the most eminent genre painters of the Dusseldorf School, he painted pictures about the life of Swiss and Black Forest peasants (Children at Dinner, 1857, the Hermitage, Leningrad; Peasants Playing Cards, 1862, Museum of Fine Arts, Leipzig) that showed exactness of observation but at times were not devoid of idyllic sentimentality.


Rosenberg, A. Vautier, Bielefeld. Leipzig, 1897.
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A 1964 letter from Maciunas to Wolf Vostell presented a "List of Fluxus people (inner core): George Brecht, Ay-O (Takao Iijima), Willem de Ridder, Dick Higgins, Alison Knowles, Joe Jones, Shigeko Kubota, Takehisa Kosugi, George Maciunas, Ben Patterson, Mieko Shiomi, Ben Vautier, Robert Watts, Emmett Williams, La Monte Young.
Since that coup, the museum has placed a number of pieces from the collection on view, including three performances/performative stagings of works by Alison Knowles, Ben Vautier, and Yoko Ono.
At the heart of the festival was the Flux Concert, featuring performances of now classic Fluxus scores by artists such as George Maciunas, Ben Vautier, George Brecht and Chieko Shiomi.
Ben Vautier, a Swiss who joined the movement in 1962, declared that everything is art and began signing whatever came to hand.
Let the answer take the shape of one of the Boites noires (Black Boxes) made in 1962 by the French artist Ben Vautier, who signs his works "Ben.
Certain occasional participants, already recognized as big guns from the outset--Joseph Beuys, say, or Yves Klein--now loom even larger, especially when compared to Fluxus's more Ionescan, Theatre of the Ridiculous writer-artists: Filliou or Ben Vautier, for example.
Niki de Saint Phalle and Ben Vautier are also featured here, as representatives, respectively, of Nouveau Realisme and Fluxus--two strains still largely alien to mainstream histories of art.
In Backsliding, Sideslipping, One Great Leap and the "Forbidden," 1994/2002, she quotes the interior of Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye within the museum space as the exhibition architecture for her own works as well as a selection from the permanent collection: Joseph Beuys, Ben Vautier, Gerhard Richter, Umberto Boccioni, and Wilhelm Lehmbruck.
Mirz recalled the days of Ben Vautier and others living in shop windows in derelict areas or chaining themselves to one another.
In grafting problems of sculptural process and construction onto existential predicaments, Wurm's works echo the oxymoronic concerns of two other masters of the successful fiasco and the noteworthy nonevent--Signer and Ben Vautier.
All kinds of gestures were possible: Claes Oldenburg put up posters and publications, Ben Vautier did a performance piece in which he provoked the audience, Kudo imprisoned himself in a cage, and so on.
But in the Walker, among various not-overworried reconstructions of Fluxus sites and events (the founding performances of Nam June Paik and others at Wiesbaden in 1962; the week Ben Vautier spent in the window of a London art gallery in the same year), the feeling was stirring.