Ben Vautier: Is everything art?
October 21, 2015 - January 2016
Ben Vautier has been a presence in language and art as an artist, performer, organizer, and inventor since the late 1950s. He is among the pioneers of Fluxus in Europe and was a close colleague of artists at the École de Nice – César, Arman, Yves Klein, and others. He is known for his textual images, which, with single words or short, concise sentences, trigger contemplation or smiles. His performance – he calls them "Gestes" – often move in a social and political discourse which, in recent times, he is also continuing with his Internet radio station and his newsletter. Museum Tinguely is dedicating to Ben Vautier, who celebrates his eightieth birthday in summer 2015, his first comprehensive retrospective in Switzerland.