takes part in the Ardennes offensive, escapes from Soviet captivity.
teacher´s degree in German and History (University of Vienna), probational year in a school in Vienna.
studies at the Academy of Fine arts, Vienna, attends Heimo Kuchling´s lectures on morphology.
1954 until 1963: art therapist in a home for emotionally disturbed children run by the psychoanalyst Eva Rosenfeld, a pupil of Sigmund Freud.
meets Günter Brus and Alfons Schilling.
|1961 – 1970|
the "big bang" of actionism: destruction of the picture – junk sculpture – material actions.
meets Hermann Nitsch, they decide to perform the immurement action in the Perinet cellar.
three day immurement action with Nitsch and Frohner, "Blutorgel".
"Fest des psycho–physischen Naturalismus", program: throwing a kitchen dresser filled with marmelade and flour out of the window. 14 days arrest.
marries Friedel Neiss.
Gustav Metzger invites him to participate in the Destruction in Arts Symposium (DIAS) in London.
founds ZOCK with Oswald Wiener.
"Kunst und Revolution". Action at the University of Vienna. Günter Brus, Otto Muehl and Oswald Wiener sentenced to 2 months prison.
participates in the "Happening und Fluxus" exhibition curated by Harald Szeemann in Cologne. Performs radical actions. Publishes "ZOCK: Aspekte einer Totalrevolution".
participates in Dokumenta V organized by Harald Szeemann.
|1970 – 1990|
COMMUNE EXPERIMENT FRIEDRICHSHOF.
|Photo: Philippe Dutartre|
now numbering 700 members, the commune is economically highly successful – which leads to conflict and rifts. Purchase of a bay on Gomera, in the Canary Islands.
marries claudia weissensteiner.
after 21 years of existence the Friedrichshof Commune breaks up. Otto Muehl is sentenced to seven years prison by the Burgenland Provincial Court for "criminal acts against morality" and offences against the illegal drugs act. He rejects the verdict.
1991 until 1997 in prison: produces numerous drawings and paintings.
after 6 1/2 years he is released suffering from morbus Parkinson and half–blind in one eye. Since then he lives in the Art–Life Family in the Algarve in Southern Portugal together with seven artist families.
|Photo: Daniéle Roussel|
Burgtheater Vienna; Claus Peymann invites him to read from "letters from prison" and to perform his dramulett "Muchl".
MAK Museum of Applied Arts Vienna; "7", a retrospective of the prison works.
"Wiener Sezession 1898 – 1998 the century of artistic freedom"; Muehl´s work "Keinen Keks Heute" vandalized with paint, a court order prohibits further display of the work in Austria.
Le Louvre, Paris; participates in "La peinture comme crime", curated by Régis Michel.
founding of the "Art & Life Sahara Baby Jazz Band." Develops the theme of the shark in his paintings. Actionist "grimuid" representations.
|Photo: Daniéle Roussel|
|2002 – 2005|
despite increasing health problems with parkinson, he develops electric painting films, digital photos of actions painted on computer and edited into films. The themes are his day–to–day life and the life in the group.
Also working on exzess–art objects; paint is applied on the canvas direct from the tube and attains the luminosity of computer painting.
MAK Vienna Museum of Applied Arts; Retrospective "Otto Muehl Leben/Kunst/Werk Aktion Utopie Malerei 1960–2004".
National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo and Kyoto "TRACES – Body and Idea in Contemporary Art".
Kulturstiftung Phoenix Art, Sammlung Falckenberg, Hamburg
16.06.2005 the exhibition "Otto Muehl Jenseits von Zucht und Ordnung" opens on otto muehl’s 80th birthday.
the michele maccarone art gallery in new york becomes the gallery of otto muehl.
"landscape in your mind"
austrian cultural forum new york
"body face and soul"
the female image from the 16th to the 21st century
leopold museum vienna österreich
"eye on europe"
prints, books & multiples / 1960 to now
MoMA the museum of modern art new york
"konzept. aktion. sprache."
fokus 03: wiener gruppe, wiener aktionismus, fluxus und konzeptkunst aus der sammlung
mumok — museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig vienna
brus · muehl · nitsch · schwarzkogler
obras de la collección hummel
centro andaluz de arte contemporáneo
"mapping the studio"
artists from the françois pinault collection
punta della dogana — palazzo grassi
june 16 otto muehl’s 85th birthday
"apokalypse / keinen keks heute"
acrylic on canvas with a collage by otto muehl, 1998/2010
mak museum für angewandte kunst wien
"otto muehl" from the collection leopold
leopold museum vienna
Otto Muehl died peacefully in Portugal amongst the "Art Life Family".
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