A Day In My Life - Yoko Ono and Fluxus
On March 11th, 1990, Vytautas Landsbergis headed the Parliamentary session during which the restoration of Lithuanian independence from the Soviet Union was declared. I lived in Germany at that time but I had visited Lithuania several times before. On that same day I hosted a friend from Lithuania, Violeta from the town of Alytus whom I had met a year before when I visited Lithuania. Later Violeta moved to London, and in March 1997 I went to London to meet her again. On the 7th anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian independence I was walking through London, enjoying the first warm spring sunshine, and - as always - my only plan was to have no plan. Later that day I ended up in an exhibition "Yoko Ono and Fluxus". In this exhibition I saw some old posters from Fluxus happenings from the 1960s, and on these posters I found three Lithuanian names: Vytautas Landsbergis, George Maciunas, Jonas Mekas. I had found what I was looking for - the unexpected!
Vytautas Landbergis (born 1932) According to a well-meant contribution to the German Wikipedia, ‘Professor Landsbergis is known all round the world not only for his political activities but also for his being one of the world´s greatest Fluxus artists.’ From the 1960s to 80s Landsbergis spread Fluxus’ ideas and works throughout Lithuania, where he was the first and - for most of the period – the only person to do so.
George Maciunas (1931-1978), a Lithuanian-born American artist, was a founding member of Fluxus, an international community of artists, architects, composers, and designers. Other leading members brought together by this movement included Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, George Brecht and Nam June Paik. He is most famous for organising and performing early happenings and for assembling a series of highly influential artists' multiples
Jonas Mekas (born 1922) is a Lithuanian-born American filmmaker, writer, and curator who has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema". His work has been exhibited in museums and festivals across Europe and America.