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TateShots: Gustav Metzger – Festival of Missed Fits

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Uploaded on Sep 3, 2008

Gustav Metzger's career has spanned sixty years of art and political activism. He pioneered Auto-Destructive art and famously held an 'art strike' between 1977-1980. He was also involved in the radical Fluxus movement.

In 1962 his simple idea of displaying all the pages from a popular national newspaper as an art installation was rejected from an exhibition for being too politically charged. In 2008 Tate Modern invited him to re-stage the piece, and he told us why newspapers should be held up for scrutiny.

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