Cultural-historical monument to the contradictions of the situationists

Much has happened since American rock journalist Greil Marcus in his cult book Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century from 1989, a then relatively unknown avant-garde grouping called Situationist International described the punk culture's "secret" anarchist forerunners. Today, the group that existed from 1957 to 1973 is widely known as one of the last major avant-garde ventures of the twentieth century, and every magazine in its history has gradually been turned and described. Countless museum exhibitions, books, anthologies and periodicals have since been dedicated to this enigmatic group, which, in the aftermath of the interwar avant-garde groupings such as Dada and Surrealism, developed an original socially critical art practice. As the latest major exhibition at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin last year made clear, the situationalists not only revolutionized the aesthetic idiom of the sixties, but also played a key role in the prelude to the long course of scattered protests, uprisings and strikes with their criticism of everyday monotony. which (somewhat summary) has passed into history as "May 68".

Jacqueline de Jong.

Now the new book is added These are Situationist Times! – which follows up on another exhibition concept that hits Danmarks Museum Jorn in September – another chapter on the history of the situationists. But where the focus so far has been primarily on Guy Debord as the chief strategist of the situationists in Paris – who coordinated the unruly troops in a complicated sectarian power game that ended in public insults, exclusions and internal breaches – this book takes one. . .

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