Ben Vautier


1935 (Naples, Italy) –

The gadabout Vautier remains one of the busiest artists associated with Fluxus; he emerged from the art scene in Nice, through which he met Klein and Manzoni, and where his friends Arman and César were often to be found in his idiosyncratic shop. Maciunas kept up a regular correspondence (often to alert him to material in the post). He collaborated with Tinguely and his very good friend Spoerri, gave Orlan an exhibition, was invited to Prague by Knížák, was visited by Buren and Young, and ran a gallery with Brecht (a sign often redirecting visitors to the nearby café they frequented).