Luna Luna: The Art Amusement Park
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Named after Luna Park in Coney Island, Luna Luna was an international collaboration involving the biggest titans in contemporary art, from Salvador Dalí to Roy Lichtenstein. It was a contemporary showcase of art and music as well as a functioning amusement park. Its unique place in art history has finally been rediscovered. Luna Luna: The Art Amusement Park is a handsome coffee-table book, serving as both an introduction and a retrospective. Luna Luna: The Art Amusement Park by André Heller. In 1987, Heller released book Luna Luna, published by Wilhelm Heyne Verlag in Munich, which features all of the attractions. For the book cover, Heller asked the participating artists to draw a moon and add a sentence they found fitting. 
Buchhart, Dieter (2016). Jean-Michel Basquiat (PDF). Translated by Brian Currid. Holzhausen, Austria: W&K - Wienerroither & Kohlbacher, Vienna / New York. Embark on a rare visual journey that meticulously documents the works through the artists’ processes and their original sketches ... Break out your spandex, leg warmers, and neon big hair accessories, and join Phaidon on this whimsical visual ride.' – ForbesOur small-group adventures are inspired by our Atlas of the world's most fascinating places, the stories behind them, and the people who bring them to life.
Roy Lichtenstein for Luna Luna. A new book shares, for the first time, the original text translated into English, as well as documentary photography, as a way to reintroduce the landmark event. All images by Sabina Sarnitz. My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Phaidon. Related Articles: I think we’re actually built better than any other resource to make this a reality,” Gonzales told NYT. “We exist in live events, we exist in culture, we understand the art world and being artist-friendly.” In 2007, Luna Luna’s pieces moved to a storage unit in rural Texas. Goldberg stumbled upon its story in 2019. At the same time, Heller had been toying with a relaunch, encouraged by Basquiat scholar Dieter Buchhart.ANDRÉ HELLER, born in 1947 in Vienna, is a critically acclaimed international multimedia artist. His oeuvre is extensive and ranges from garden artworks, chambers of wonder, best selling books, large-scale flying and floating sculptures, a platinum selling career as a singer and songwriter, to the avant-garde amusement park Luna Luna. On top of directing innovative shows, theatre plays, circuses, films and operas he has also designed fire spectacles, labyrinths, and museums. Phaidon's book is a wonderful way to reintroduce the landmark event to the public, especially considering the history of Luna Luna. Originally conceived as a touring exhibition destined for multiple countries, a change in leadership and subsequent litigation made for a sad end. Instead of traveling the world, these incredible pieces of art were shuttered away for over three decades.
The revolutionary collaboration of interdisciplinary artists, spanning twentieth-century art movements including Abstraction, Art Brut, Dada, Fluxus, Neo-Expressionism, Nouveau Réalisme, Pop Art, Surrealism, and Viennese Actionism, transcended any effort since to achieve artistic amusement. In an age of “immersive experiences,” which are often just popular projections of images in cavernous spaces, Luna Luna was ahead of its time and never rivaled.Luna Luna, which also featured interactive installations, games, and artist performances, was born from Heller’s belief that “art should come in unconventional guises and be brought to those who might not ordinarily seek it out in more predictable settings.” In 1987, an amusement park appeared in Hamburg, Germany. Luna Lunahad all the hallmarks of a traditional fairground, featuring carousels, games, and walk-in attractions. However, it held a second purpose as an especially ambitious art exhibition.