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Vienna's Actionist artists fete the body as their canvas

A work by famous Austrian Actionist Hermann Nietsch during the opening of his exhibition at Theater Museum in Vienna, Austria, on March 25. As artists, they push the limits, literally bathing in blood, mud and urine.
Nietsch delivering a live performance.


AS artists, they pushed the limits, bathing in blood, mud and urine. Vienna's famed "Actionists", whose avant-garde movement may be the most radical in contemporary art, are the focus of a new exhibition in their home city.

The movement emerged in the 1960s as part of the