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1964 First action "Ana", Vienna, first use of the body as an artistic medium; transition from Informel to "self-painting".

1965 Further actions, among others "Self-Mutilation", Vienna, and "Viennese Walk".

1966 Participation in the "Destruction in Art Symposium", London, at the invitation of Gustav Metzger; radicalization of action art, first production of action scores

1967 "Action with Diana", Vienna

1968 Action "Der helle Wahnsinn", Aachen; Action "Art and Revolution" with Otto Mühl, Oswald Wiener, Peter Weibel, Franz Kaltenbäck in the Vienna University, sentenced to 6 months imprisonment

1969 Escape to Berlin

1970 Last action: "Zerreissprobe", Munich

1970-1975 Return to drawing, publication of the "Organ of the Austrian Government in Exile," the "Schastrommel" or later "Drossel" (until 1977; together with Otmar Bauer, Oswald Wiener, Hermann Nitsch, Gerhard Rühm); interplay of text and image, creation of, among others. among others "Irrwisch", "Der Balkon Europas", "Die Zernunft", "Das Namenlos"; musical joint performance "Selten gehörte Musik" with Oswald Wiener, Gerhard Rühm, Dieter Roth, Hermann Nitsch at the Lenbachhaus in Munich

1976 commutation of prison sentence into a fine after audience of Anna Brus with Federal President Kirchschläger

Since 1976 publication of lyrical works in the publishing house "Das Hohe Gebrechen" by Arnulf Meifert; creation of numerous picture-text cycles, which from then on are described by Günter Brus as "picture-poems" as a genre of their own, among others "William Blake - Poetische Skizzen", "Franz Schreker - Die Gezeichneten"; touring exhibition "Günter Brus - Bild-Dichtungen" in Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstmuseum Luzern and Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz within the framework of "steirischer herbst"; novel "Die Geheimnräger" appears; design of stage sets and costumes, among others for "Erinnerungen an die Menschheit" by Gerhard Roth (steirischer herbst 1985)

2008 Laying of the foundation stone of the "BRUSEUM", a museum for Günter Brus in the Landesmuseum Joanneum

2009 Purchase of the literary estate by the Province of Styria

One man and group exhibitions (selection)

1986 first large retrospective "The Overview", Museum of the 20th Century, Vienna, Lenbachhaus Munich, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf

1988 "Action Painting - Actionism", Museum Fridericianum in Kassel, Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna

1989 "The shattered mirror", Albertina, Vienna, Museum Ludwig, Cologne

1993 Retrospective "Sichtgrenze - Limité du visible", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1996 "Lightning-like incursions into given ideas", Neue Galerie Graz, Moderna Muzej Ljubljana; "Out of Action", among others Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna

1999 Retrospective "Leuchtstoffpoesie", Kunsthalle Tübingen, Kunsthalle Kiel, Neue Galerie Linz

2003 "Werkumkreisung", among others Albertina, Vienna, Neue Galerie Graz

2005 "Günter Brus - Nervous stillness on the horizon", MACBA Barcelona

2006 "A Günter Brus Retrospective", Slought Foundation, Philadelphia

2007 "Günter Brus - Aurore de minuit", Musée d'art moderne de Saint Etienne Metropole

2008 "Günter Brus - Mitternachtsröte", Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; "Günter Brus", Groeningemuseum Bruges; "Ein Fest für Brus", consisting of the exhibition "BRUS's + BLAKE's Jobs" and symposion, Neue Galerie Graz

2009 "Günter Brus: Die große Dichtkunstmaschine", Galerie kunsthaus muerz; Konfluenzen & Differenzen I. Günter Brus und Max Klinger, Neue Galerie Graz; "Konfluenzen & Differenzen II. Günter Brus and Alfred Kubin," Neue Galerie Graz<

2010 "Günter Brus - Crossing the border", BRUSEUM/New Gallery Graz and Janus Pannonius Múzeum Pécs


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