* 1940 in New York, US
† 2017 in New York, US
As a pioneer of Body Art, Vito Acconci’s artistic practice started with performance, video and installation art and later focused on architecture and design. Among artists like Carolee Schneemann, Marina Abramović or Chris Burden, he pushed taboo topics like sexuality, while emphasising the physicality and endurance of performance. Even Acconcis architectures and public sculptures from the 1980’s on, negotiate space as both private and public spheres, while intending to blur their borders. His work is held by several public collections, including Museum of Modern Art in New York and Whitney Museum of American Art, among others.