Art is not only waving a brush and sipping champagne on the opening days. Some artists choose a painful path in the literal and figurative sense, where the colors can be blood, the canvas - the body, and the brush - knives, razors and other piercing-cutting objects. We have compiled for you a list of the 7 most famous masochists in modern art. Enjoy and do not try to repeat it at home.
Peter PavlenskyIf you think that it's crazy to sew up your mouth for yourself, then the editors will find out the bad news for you: in the artistic world, this behavior has long become mainstream. This was done by actionist Ron Eiti, a writer and artist David Voynarovich, and in Russia, thanks to this gesture, Peter Pavlensky was widely known.
Marina AbramovichYugoslav contemporary artist Marina Abramovich is often called the grandmother of the performance. But if ordinary grandmothers knit socks for grandchildren, Marina Abramovich prefers classes more extreme.
Chris BurdenAmerican painter Chris Burden went further edged weapons and framed his body under the gun fire. In his most famous work, The Shot, which was captured on video, Burden’s assistant from a short distance shoots a bullet in the artist’s hand.
Ron eichiRon Eiti, who received a terrible diagnosis of HIV in his time, made mocking his own body a ritual of personal religion. For example, once an artist depicted Saint Sebastian - he repeated the plot of the martyrdom of a Roman legionary, piercing himself with arrows. From another experiment, Etiy at the editorial office of uznayvse.ru literally hair stands on end, because he practically took off his scalp, tearing off a female wig pinned to it from the scalp.
Yang ZhichaoChinaman Yang Zhichao is also trying to draw attention to the problems of society - he believes that in the post-industrial era, the human body has become a functioning body of the state and society. To express this thought, the artist burned the number of his passport on the skin, implanted various objects in the leg and abdomen.
Zhu Yu (Zhu Yu)Speaking about Zhichao, his scandalous compatriot Zhu Yu is often remembered. No matter how cynical it sounded, his name became telling when, during one of the actions, he ate the body of an unborn baby in front of the camera.
Rudolf SchwarzkoglerA Viennese actionist, the son of a physician, Rudolf Schwarzkogler in the 60s explored, among others, the themes of violence, body and pain. The approach to the study of these problems in the artist was specific.For example, in one of the “shares” of Schwarzkogler, the participant’s head was wrapped in bandages, then a corkscrew was put on the skull and twisted until the bandages were soaked with blood.
By the way, the artist, disappointing in all respects, left the world very early - at 29 years old. According to rumors, he wanted to repeat the photomontage of Yves Klein “Jump to the Void” in person, on which the artist allegedly throws himself from the wall onto the pavement.
Franco BeeItalian artist Franco Bee became famous for his creative work at the junction of two genres - painting and performance. Instead of oil or watercolor Franco preferred to use his own blood, with which he wrote. For his works, he chose sentimental titles: "Because of love" or "Do not leave me."
The question of where the line between self-harm for the sake of art and mental disorders lies is debatable. Meanwhile, in recent years, intonation has changed somewhat in society (especially Western), with which people talk about mental illness: people are trying to comprehend the idea that mental disorder is not a sentence, and certainly not a reason for condemnation. As always, the first stories were made by celebrities.