Gerhard Rühm

Born 1930 in Vienna, AT
Lives and works in Cologne, DE

Rühm initially studied composition and Oriental music, but soon developed an interest in language and literature. As a founding member of the "Wiener Gruppe" (together with Friedrich Achleitner, HC Artmann, Konrad Baier and Oswald Wiener), he sought radically new forms of literature through treating language as a visual and acoustic medium. His artistic practice is based on an understanding of absolute interdisciplinarity, consequently working across music, literature and visual arts. Retrospectives of his work have been shown inter alia at the Venice Biennale, the Kunsthalle, Vienna, the Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen, and the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, MUMOK, Vienna. Rühm took part in Documenta 6 and 8 in Kassel.

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