Jonas Mekas is a central figure in post-war avant-garde cinema. The Lithuanian-American artist is celebrated in a retrospective at BOZAR, Lithuania, this October. Providing an overview of his creative endeavours from the 1950s to today via films, photos, poems, installations, and a video diary, the exhibition traces his innovative practice throughout the years. Jonas Mekas/The Fluxus Wall is made up of objects from the influential Fluxus movement, which revolved around George Maciunas, an artist closely associated with Mekas.
Mekas transcends the borders between art institutions, disciplines, countries and continents, and the exhibition shows some elements of the Fluxus performance art scene as it is reflected in the Vilnius Fluxus Collection and Mekas’ personal archive in New York. The show highlights a few important but little-known episodes that have survived only in documentation.
The presentation takes over most of the galleries within BOZAR and has been put to together in close collaboration with Mekas. Visitors are given the opportunity to follow the current interests of the artist in the context of his past works. His work is constantly shifting and is full of unexpected developments, as such Jonas Mekas/The Fluxus Wall is a surprising exploration of a dynamic practice.
Jonas Mekas/The Fluxus Wall, until 26 January 2014, BOZAR, Centre for fine Arts, Rue Ravenstein 23, 1000 Bruxelles.
1. Film frames from Images from Purgatorio (1950–1951/1975): Myself in Williamsburg, 1951.