Valdis Āboliņš

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Valdis Āboliņš (14 April 1939, Liepāja - 14 February 1984, West Berlin) was a Latvian-born artist and curator. Āboliņš was exiled to Germany during WWII where he afterwards lived and worked. He is known as an organiser and co-creator of the first performances and activities of Fluxus in collaboration with Tomas Schmit, Bazon Brock, Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell and others in Aachen, Germany, in the 1960s. His work as an artist and organizer was shaped by his leftist views in the distinctly liberal West Berlin. As he became the executive secretary of the recently established art institution The neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK) in the beginning of the 1970s, he witnessed and played an active role in the tense cultural life in West-Berlin where its unique placement in the Cold War situation triggered a dialogue between the East and the West in various forms. [1]

  • Ieva Astahovska, Antra Priede-Krievkalne (eds.), Valdis Āboliņš: The Avant-Garde, Mailart, the New Left and Cultural Relations during the Cold War, Riga: Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2019, 662 pp. Contributors: Adam C. Oellers, Antra Priede-Krievkalne, Ojārs J. Rozītis, Maruta Schmidt, Petra Stegmann, Barbara Straka, Mark Allen Svede, Jānis Taurens, Ģirts Zēgners. Publisher. Reviews: Bryzgel (H-Net), Pelše (ARTMargins). [2] Production notes. (Latvian)/(English)