The Situationist International(s): The Realization of Art

  • Mikkel Bolt Rasmussen
Keywords: The Situationist International, avant-garde, Marxism, modern art


The text presents the small international post-world war two vanguard, the Situationist International, and the different factions of the group that all sought to realise art with a view to revolutionizing capitalist society. One faction led by Guy Debord abandoned art and the art institution in favor of an art of war, that is the setting in work of revolutionary actions and the elaboration of a revolutionary theory about a communist abolition of capitalist money economy. Another faction, organized by Jørgen Nash, sought to use art and the art institution in an attempt to provoke bourgeois society.