Over a half century ago, FLUXUS – a Latin word connoting continuous flow, flux and change was coined by George Maciunas (1931-1978) to name an avant-garde movement that has created a culture in flux by a global network of artists, musicians, designers, architects since the 1960s.
Fluxus founder George Maciunas is one of the most important artists of 20th century, whose works have been exhibited in major museums around the world with archives held in The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Getty Research Institute, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, and Harvard Art Museum, etc.. Acquired in 2009 from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) currently holds the largest collection of Maciunas’ and Fluxus works in the world.
Maciunas is an artist, art historian, designer, publisher and above all, a visionary and inventive architect. He created invaluable architectural legacies, among which Fluxhouse Cooperatives in SoHo, which transformed lower Manhattan neighborhood from a post-industrial dystopia into a thriving area for contemporary art, is Maciunas’ most influential and widely practiced Fluxus project.
As an architect, Maciunas’ ambition is to construct a real solution to social and environmental needs of humanity through architectural innovation. He is credited with two inventions for prefabricated construction, and ultimately Fluxus Prefab System, a universal structure guided by long-range perspectives, in which Maciunas combines his architectural expertise and vision with interdisciplinary intelligence in a humble yet ambitious way, that values the rational reflections on architectural design, manufacturing process and urban development as a whole.