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Edvard Kunzt
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Background information
Birth name Constantin Banciu: painter, author, art theorist, and founder of the Edvard Kunzt movement
Website www.gruppe edvard kunzt.com

Edvard Kunzt[edit]

Constantin Banciu (May 24, 1960– missed since 2005) commonly known as Edvard Kunzt, was a Romanian-born painter, author, art theorist, and founder of the Edvard Kunzt movement.

The early years[edit]

Edvard Kunzt was born 1960 in Bucharest. Edvard Kunzt’s mother soon moved to Kleve, an industrial town in the Lower Rhine region of Germany close to the Dutch border, and it was in this region that Edvard spent most of his childhood.


Edvard Kunzt, 1965.

In 1979 Kunzt attended Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg, but left the school before completing his studies. As a art student, Edvard Kunzt travelled through Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe and was transformed by the endemic poverty he witnessed. His experiences and observations during these trips led him to conclude that the region's inequalities were a result of capitalism, neo-colonialism, and imperialism, with the only remedy being world revolution. It was during the 1980s that Edvard Kunzt formulated his central theoretical concepts concerning the social, cultural and political function and potential of art. Indebted to Romantic writers such as Novalis and Schiller, Edvard was motivated by a utopian belief in the power of universal human creativity and was confident in the potential for art to bring about revolutionary change. This translated into Edvard Kunzt’s formulation of the concept of confusionisme

The first thing to note is that in my son's veins flowed the blood of the Dadaists, the Spanish conquistadores and the Argentinean patriots. Evidently Constantin inherited some of the features of our restless ancestors. There was something in his nature which drew him to distant wanderings, dangerous adventures and new ideas.

— Marcel Janco, Constantin 's Father

Standards for methods and ethics[edit]

1. We take a blue fish and cry yellow! 2. We write avant-garde backwards! 3. We fight for the protection of illusory shapes! 4. We practice in the art of the confusion! 5. We free ourselves from the good taste! 6. We fall in love with a blind flower girl, who we play to be millionaire! 7. We insist on the fact that women and men, of civil status and sexual adjustment, are to keep entrance to all illusory areas independent! 8. We say down with the fat pig inertia are called. The time of the peace is past! 9. We pull in the mock fight without consideration for losses! 10. We will never lose. We are here. We will be always here! And we do not rest the last idiotic balance to pull can to. 11. Us the longing eint after a life in dementia. We are convinced that a world is possible in agitation and consciousness clouding, a world, into which many worlds fit! 12. Against unit thinking and guiding culture of this dull, musty, materialistic fun company! We demand: Thought escape! Confusion, absentmindedness and ambiguity, in the mental, in addition, in the physical sense! Riot, resistance - there is no calm backyard! 13. In realism we recognize a crucial cause for the distrustful against each other, the inequality and the unfreeness of mankind. Down with realism! Down with realism! 14. „Let´s push things forward! “Considering the general regressiv conditions the conclusion can lie not in the retreat, in the analysis and criticism from the ivory tower, but is offensive in demand. (E.K.1980)

Formation of 1th Edvard Kunzt Group in 1985[edit]

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Foundation Edvard Kunzt Group, 1985.

To carry out the confusionist manifest, the Edvard Kunzt Group for Change and Sustainable Development (EKG) was formed and is comprised of 18 distinguished international artists. The panel was asked to consider innovative approaches for mitigating and/or adapting to projected changes, and to anticipate the relationship of response measures to sustainable development by the lending of aid, comfort, and moral support to individuals, groups, or organizations that advocate the overthrow of incumbent governments by subversion and confusionisme. Edvard Kunzt Group started an unconventional warfare and combat with which a small group of combatants use mobile tactics to combat a larger and less mobile formal society.

The arrest[edit]

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The arrest, 1997.
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Edvard Kunzt arrested

Using ambiguous allusions Edvard Kunzt Group made a fool of the police state. It was responsible for numerous acts of sabotage and disruptive actions what caused the arrest of all group members in 1997. Pter J., Edvard Kunzt, Natal G., Veronica M., were convicted of acts of sabotage for which they were sentenced to three years in prison. In June 1999, however, they were temporarily paroled under an amnesty for political prisoners, but in November of that year, the Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) demanded that they return to custody. Only Natal G. complied with the order; the rest went underground and made their way to France where they formed the Second Gruppe Edvard Kunzt International.

Second Gruppe Edvard Kunzt International[edit]

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Gruppe Edvard Kunzt, Hamburg

The Second Gruppe Edvard Kunzt International was unlike the first Edvard Kunzt Group a Coalition of several actionist artist groups. The currents which the Gruppe Edvard Kunzt took as predecessors saw their purpose as involving a radical redefinition of the role of art. The Edvard Kunzt Group themselves took a dialectical viewpoint, seeing their task as superseding art, abolishing the notion of art as a separate, specialized activity and transforming it so it became part of the fabric of everyday life. From the Edvard Kunzt Group's viewpoint, art is revolutionary or it is nothing. In this way, Edvard Kunzt Group saw their efforts as completing the work of both Dada and Situationists while abolishing both. Still, the Edvard Kunzt Group answered the question "What is revolutionary?" differently at different times.

Currently groups are active in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Montevideo (Uruguay) Berlin, Hamburg (Germany, London (England), Marseille (France), Toronto(Canada), Zürich (Switzerland) and New York (USA).

Edvard Kunzt's disappearance[edit]

In 2005 Edvard Kunzt went underground for the second time. Since then his location was not public knowledge. Representatives of Japan Art Independence Movement, the JAIM, reported that they met with Edvard Kunzt in late 2006 or early 2007 in Tokio regarding his offer to aid in their Urban Art project, which they rejected. In a speech at the 2007 "Edvard Kunzt Groups Europe congress", in Berlin, Dieter K. member of the Hamburg group, announced that Edvard Kunzt was "serving the street art mouvement somewhere in Latin America". The persistent reports that he was leading the Grupo Edvard Kunzt in Montevideo were eventually shown to be true.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Street Renegades: New Underground Art by Francesca Gavin. Laurence King Publishers (2007). ISBN 9781856695299
  • The Art Of Rebellion: The World Of Street Art by Christian Hundertmark. Gingko Press (2005). ISBN 9781584231578
  • The Art Of Rebellion 2– World of Urban Art Activism by Christian Hundertmark. Gingko Press (2006). ISBN 9783980990943