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Vienna showcases shocking 'Actionist' art movementAs artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in mud, blood and other intimate fluids. Vienna's famed "Actionists," whose avant-garde movement is among the most radical in contemporary art, are the focus of a new hometown exhibition. The movement emerged in the 1960s as part of the new performance-based art, which broke with the confines of traditional painting and used the body as both surface and site of art-making.Associated with Sigmund Freud and other radical thinkers, Vienna already saw taboos broken in the early 20th century when artists like Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele shocked the world with sexually explicit artworks.The exhibition compares the Vienna movement with other developments in performance-based and action art, featuring a wide range of international artists from Yoko Ono to Marina Abramovic.
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