Rite of Passage: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960 – 1966 at Hauser & Wirth, September 9 – October 25, 2014

Günter Brus, Untitled, 1960, Dispersion on paper, 125 x 90 cm / 49 1/4 x 35 3/8 in, © Günter Brus, Courtesy Collection Geyer, Vienna. Photo: jenspreusse.at

Günter Brus, Untitled, 1960, Dispersion on paper, 125 x 90 cm / 49 1/4 x 35 3/8 in. © Günter Brus. Courtesy Collection Geyer, Vienna. Photo: jenspreusse.at

Günter Brus, Selbstbemalung I (Kopfzumalung) [Self-Painting I (Total Head Painting)], 1964, Gelatin silver print on baryta paper, 30 x 23 cm / 11 3/4 x 9 in. © Günter Brus, Courtesy Collection Hummel, Vienna and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna. Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Günter Brus, Selbstbemalung I (Kopfzumalung) [Self-Painting I (Total Head Painting)], 1964, Gelatin silver print on baryta paper, 30 x 23 cm / 11 3/4 x 9 in. © Günter Brus. Courtesy Collection Hummel, Vienna and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna. Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Günter Brus, Untitled, 1963, Dispersion on canvas, 196.5 x 466 x 3.5 cm / 77 3/8 x 183 1/2 x 1 3/8 in, © Günter Brus, Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Günter Brus, Untitled, 1963, Dispersion on canvas, 196.5 x 466 x 3.5 cm / 77 3/8 x 183 1/2 x 1 3/8 in. © Günter Brus. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Otto Muehl, Untitled, 1961, Wood, fabric, dispersion and cord on cardboard, 114 x 82 x 17 cm / 44 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 6 3/4 in, © ARS, NY Courtesy Hauser & Wirth Photo: Barbora Gerny

Otto Muehl, Untitled, 1961, Wood, fabric, dispersion and cord on cardboard, 114 x 82 x 17 cm / 44 7/8 x 32 1/4 x 6 3/4 in. © ARS, NY. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Barbora Gerny

Otto Muehl , Material Action no. 26, Nahrungsmitteltest (Food Test), 1966, Collage and dispersion on hardboard, 60 x 80 cm / 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in © ARS, NY Courtesy Collection Hummel, Vienna

Otto Muehl , Material Action no. 26, Nahrungsmitteltest (Food Test), 1966, Collage and dispersion on hardboard, 60 x 80 cm / 23 5/8 x 31 1/2 in. © ARS, NY. Courtesy Collection Hummel, Vienna

Otto Muehl, Materialbild (Material Painting), 1961, Recto: mixed media on hardboard, Verso: oil on hardboard, 59 x 62.5 x 7 cm / 23 1/4 x 24 5/8 x 2 3/4 in, © ARS, NY Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Otto Muehl, Materialbild (Material Painting), 1961, Recto: mixed media on hardboard, Verso: oil on hardboard, 59 x 62.5 x 7 cm / 23 1/4 x 24 5/8 x 2 3/4 in. © ARS, NY. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Hermann Nitsch , Kreuzwegstation (Station of the Cross), 1961, Dispersion on canvas, 190 x 297 cm / 74 3/4 x 116 7/8 in, © ARS, NY Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Hermann Nitsch , Kreuzwegstation (Station of the Cross), 1961, Dispersion on canvas, 190 x 297 cm / 74 3/4 x 116 7/8 in. © ARS, NY. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Hermann Nitsch , Brot und Wein (Bread and Wine), 1961, Tempera and dispersion on wall plaster on canvas on fiberglass board, 147.2 x 150 x 2.8 cm / 58 x 59 x 1 1/8 in © ARS, NY. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Hermann Nitsch , Brot und Wein (Bread and Wine), 1961, Tempera and dispersion on wall plaster on canvas on fiberglass board, 147.2 x 150 x 2.8 cm / 58 x 59 x 1 1/8 in. © ARS, NY. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Hermann Nitsch, Untitled, 1960, Multicoloured wax, chalk and lipstick on hardboard, 58.5 x 47.5 x 4.5 cm / 23 x 18 3/4 x 1 3/4 in, © ARS, NY. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Hermann Nitsch, Untitled, 1960, Multicoloured wax, chalk and lipstick on hardboard, 58.5 x 47.5 x 4.5 cm / 23 x 18 3/4 x 1 3/4 in. © ARS NY. Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography Zürich

Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 3rd action, 1965, Black and white photograph on baryta paper, 22.3 x 17.8 cm / 8 3/4 x 7 in, © 2014 Austrian Ludwig Foundation. Courtesy museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, on loan from the Austrian Ludwig Foundation; Courtesy Private Collection, Vienna

Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 3rd action, 1965, Black and white photograph on baryta paper, 22.3 x 17.8 cm / 8 3/4 x 7 in, © 2014 Austrian Ludwig Foundation. Courtesy museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, on loan from the Austrian Ludwig Foundation; Courtesy Private Collection, Vienna

Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 1st action, Hochzeit (Wedding), 1965, Facsimile print, 60.4 x 50.7 cm / 23 3/4 x 20 in, © 2014 Austrian Ludwig Foundation. Courtesy museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, on loan from the Austrian Ludwig Foundation; Courtesy Private Collection, Vienna

Rudolf Schwarzkogler, 1st action, Hochzeit (Wedding), 1965, Facsimile print, 60.4 x 50.7 cm / 23 3/4 x 20 in, © 2014 Austrian Ludwig Foundation. Courtesy museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien, on loan from the Austrian Ludwig Foundation; Courtesy Private Collection, Vienna

Images courtesy Hauser & Wirth