Brus, Günter; Hermann Nitsch; Dieter Roth; Gerhard Rühm und Oswald Wiener Music rarely heard. The Berlin concert Sept. 27, 1974, 1974
21 x 21 in. (53.5 x 53.5 cm)
The original draft for an unrealized poster for the Berliner Konzert, by the Selten Gehörte Musik group of artists, composed of original drawings (in pencil and ink) by Günter Brus, Christian Ludwig Attersee, and Dominik Steiger, together with a drawing with collage by Gerhard Rühm, and mounted and overpainted original photographs by Arnulf Rainer and Hermann Nitsch. The poster is circular in design (perhaps mirroring the shape of the Others), with each of the artists designated their separate “slice” of the design. Most of the artists have signed or inscribed their contributions. There is an empty section of the poster where the contribution by Dieter Roth should be positioned. On a printed proof of the poster (diameter 48.5 cm), which accompanies the original draft, Roth has written in pencil “bitte zu von H. drübekleben erste” within the blank section. Also present is the 3-disc boxed set Othering of the Berliner Konzert, published by Hansjörg Mayer three years later in 1977. Selten Gehörte Musik (Rarely Heard Music) developed from workshops in which an intimate circle of friends, Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm and Oswald Wiener, met together at loose intervals to talk, eat, drink and collaborate on artistic projects. The aim of the workshops was to create a fruitful artistic collaboration over a period of several intense days (and nights). It was during a subsequent visit by Dieter Roth to Berlin, that the desire for a joint musical event was kindled. There followed an uninterrupted two-day session which spawned the Other 3 Berliner Dichterworkshop [3rd Poetry Workshop, Berlin] (12-13 July 1973), for which the ‘brand name’ Selten Gehörte Musik was invented. In 1974 the group decided it was no longer enough to document their collaboration on Others, but that they had to combine the Othering with a public performance. After an initial performance in Munich in May 1974, a further expanded production took place in November of the same year at the Church of the Holy Cross in Berlin. The Berlin concert differed from the Munich concert by the addition of three extra participants, Ludwig Attersee, Arnulf Rainer, and Dominik Steiger. Arnulf Rainer contributed to the performance by being a silent grotesque face-puller and contortionist. In the meantime, Gunter Brus, whilst blowing the long alpine horn during the performance, momentarily caused himself to lose consciousness.
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Brus, Günter; Hermann Nitsch; Dieter Roth; Gerhard Rühm und Oswald Wiener | Music rarely heard. The Berlin concert Sept. 27, 1974 | 1974 | Zucker Art Books
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