Exhibit dedicated to automobiles, by Berlin artist Wolf Vostell at the Montbéliard Centre of Contemporary Art.
A forerunner of the happening at the beginning of the 1950s, German artist Wolf Vostell (1932-1998), trained at the Academy of Applied Art in Wuppertal, settled in Paris after the war, where he was hired by the studio of Cassandre, a poster maker. He theorised there and applied his "Dé-coll/ages" principle to work, which is a construction game between pictures and words from the media applied to technological works of the communications industry (planes, cars).
Through his creations, which illustrate a dark vision of post-war consumerism (sheet metal, burned carcasses...), Vostell attempted to warn his contemporaries of the destructive effects of human behaviour, usually through events that were shown through the media's lenses: current stories, wars, third world famines, ecological catastrophes...
A member of the Fluxus movement in the 1960s, he inaugurated, along with other artists, video art at the edge of electronics, jolting the "work of art" notion to lead the public to reflect on the role of machines in contemporary societies.