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Austrian painter and actionist, the founder of the Orgien Mysterien Theater. His work is a form of *Performance art, although he makes a clear distinction between the mere ‘presentation’, that is to say simulation, of most performance and his ‘total work of art’. His characteristic performances are violent rituals involving animal slaughter and fake crucifixion accompanied by very loud music and lasting several hours.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)