Ephemeral Art

Ephemeral Art

Ephemeral art is a form of art that exists briefly and cannot be preserved as a permanent object in a museum or gallery.

Ephemeral art encompasses various forms, including sculpture and performance, but it typically refers to art that occurs only once, such as a happening, and cannot be preserved in a lasting object for display in a museum or gallery.

Ephemeral art gained prominence in the 1960s with the Fluxus group, led by artists like Joseph Beuys. They sought to create art that existed beyond the confines of traditional galleries and museums and held no monetary value. This art form included happenings, performances, sound sculptures, as well as the distribution of flyers and inexpensive mass-produced items conveying subversive messages to the wider world.

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