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Otto Muehl dies, aged 87

One of the pioneers of Viennese Actionism continues to stir controversy

Otto Muehl

The Austrian artist Otto Muehl, one of the pioneers of Viennese Actionism and the founder of the infamously authoritarian Friedrichshof commune, died on Sunday in Portugal at the age of 87. He had suffered from Parkinson’s Disease and heart problems.

One of Austria’s most controversial artists, Muehl was arrested in 1991 for “sexual abuse of minors, rape and forced abortion”, and imprisoned for six years.

Questions surrounding the collection and display of his work continue to crop up, as Muehl’s art has been the focus of several recent exhibitions, including a solo presentation on the stand of Galerie Krinzinger during Frieze New York earlier this month.

Our correspondent, Christian Viveros-Fauné, examined the issues surrounding the display of objects made by people who have been convicted of detestable offences in a feature originally published in our Frieze New York daily papers, and reprinted in our June monthly issue.

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