With art actions, Winfried Muthesius creates moods that provoke, inspire reflection, indirectly even action, because at times they are truly alarming in nature.
Muthesius ostensibly counteracts the elaborate creative process, resulting in a GOLDEN FIELD which evokes perfection, with an unusually contemplative, destructive intervention, leaving only the imperfect – fragments, splinters – in its wake. In deliberate processes which appear harmless at times – such as sweeping the area beforehand with a broom – he precisely prepares his art actions by employing familiar secondary virtues. The perfection, or the pursuit of it, which has gone into the GOLD, is subsequently disfigured beyond recognition by the delicate application of rough hand tools, transmuted into another form, another substance, in many cases even by burning the remains.
The art actions of Winfried Muthesius, such as those performed on Syntagma Square in Athens or on Schwanenwerder Island in Berlin as a “painting meditation”, leave nobody unmoved. They are an unspoken yet clearly audible call to each one of us to stand up for lost values, rights and freedoms.