Untitled, from the performance "Hochzeit" (Marriage)
Rudolf Schwarzkogler (Austrian, 1940–1969)
Ludwig Hoffenreich (Austrian (?))
Gelatin silver print
21.8 x 17.0 cm (8 9/16 x 6 11/16 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995
Not on view
Along with Günter Brus and Hermann Nitsch, Schwarzkogler was among the leading artists associated with Vienna Actionism, a movement centered around anarchic, often violent and sexually charged performances that flouted the repressive sociopolitical conventions of postwar Austrian culture. Hochzeit, the first of Schwarzkogler's actions, was performed on February 6, 1965, for a handful of friends and the camera (all of his subsequent actions were performed exclusively for the camera). Standing before a table covered with a white tablecloth and accompanied by Gregorian chants, Schwarzkogler played the role of shaman/priest/alchemist, performing his private ritual with dead fish, a dead chicken, various animal organs, eggs, colored liquids, a knife, and scissors.
Inscription: Signed in ink on mount, verso, TR (partially missing): "Schwarzk"; inscribed in pencil on mount, verso, C: "2"; stamped in ink on print, verso: "COPY C [?]//HOFFENREICH//WIEN IX.,//GANISON, 1//TEL. 45 10 88"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 12," March 11, 1996–June 3, 1996.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photographs: A Decade of Collecting," June 5, 2001–September 4, 2001.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklański Selects from the Met Collection," March 17–June 14, 2015.
Uklański, Piotr. Piotr Uklański: Fatal Attraction. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 2015. p. 237.
"Hochzeit," the first of Schwarzkogler's actions, was performed on February 6, 1965. Standing before a table covered with a white table cloth and accompanied by Gregorian chants, Schwarzkogler performed a ritual with dead fish, a dead chicken, various animal organs, eggs, colored liquids, a knife, and scissors.