(born Grodnau in 1925) Untitled, signed, dated mühl 20.7.88, assemblage (oil/paper) on masonite, 150 x 170 x 10 cm, mounted on wooden strips, (K)
Provenance: Private Collection, Vienna
... Art too is superior to philosophy. So love and art almost belong together, they are two dark design forms. They belong to the darkness. They are a pair. Friendship and philosophy are above. That’s why it’s so important that you carry out your actions. And you have to paint as well. Painting is somewhat more difficult. I probably became involved in actionism because I wasn’t so good at painting at that time. Yes, I painted beautiful pictures, but I wasn’t able to express the ideas so well. I would never undertake any more actions nowadays. Instead, I have greater mastery of the picture. I have an uncanny ability. Almost like the proficiency of a pianist, it demands an awful lot of training. One must be a virtuoso. From: Otto Mühl, Aus dem Gefängnis 1991–1997, letters/discussions/pictures, published by Ritter, 1997
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