Art is just one aspect of the all-encompassing, transdisciplinary project Henry Flynt has been working on since 1959. The exhibition Henry Flynt: Activities 1959- in the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, attempts to accommodate this circumstance, by maintaining selective focus on his artwork.
This being the first ever museum exhibition from the 1940 born philosopher, mathematician, economist, artist, composer and musician, offers above all a comprehensive overview of his work relating to art. In addition the exhibition presents new work specifically realized for that occasion. An assortment of related documents solidifies the project’s historical aspect, grounding the artwork in its time.
Flynt’s work, especially his work he self-defined as the genre of “concept art” in 1961, challenges the basic assumptions associated with the institution of art, likewise its very foundation. This critical potential, represented on all levels of his work, has largely prevented an appropriate perception of his oeuvre; reason enough take on the endeavour of presenting this exceptional artistic project.
The exhibition was developed and realized in close cooperation with the artist, Henry Flynt.
Curated by Hans-Jürgen Hafner
The exhibition is supported by