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Published: 31 May 2014

256 Pages | 68 Illustrations, black & white

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780719091636


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Performative monuments

The rematerialisation of public art

Mechtild Widrich

Published by Manchester University Press

Rethinking Arts Histories MUP

  • First essential book on the intersection of performance and architecture, throwing light on a recent key term in architectural criticism (which usually remains mysterious): performative architecture
  • A cutting-edge theory of performance and its afterlife, combining linguistics, political philosophy and photographic theory
  • Original, myth-dissipating readings of major contemporary artists (Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Valie Export) based on original archival research and interviews
  • A much-needed challenge to the sentimental, subjective consensus on monuments, memory and trauma
  • Groundbreaking reconsideration of the post-war avant-garde as makers of public art
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