Gerhard Rühm. Grasped from Life. 1959

Gerhard Rühm Grasped from Life 1959

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This work is a portfolio of erotic and political typocollages. Rühm, a poet and composer, was one of the founders of the Wiener Gruppe (1954–60), an informal group of Vienna-based writers and artists who made montages of pictures and text, used language as optic and acoustic material, and also held literary cabarets. Given the radicalism of its members' writings and artworks, the group is considered to have formed the first avant-garde movement in Austria.

Gallery label from The Shaping of New Visions: Photography, Film, Photobook, April 16, 2012–April 29, 2013.
Photomontage and typed text on paper
each 11 13/16 × 8 11/16" (30 × 22 cm)
The Photography Council Fund and gift of the Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art
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© 2021 Gerhard Rühm

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