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Promenade with a Neurotic Fox

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Promenade with a Neurotic Fox
German: Spaziergang mit dem neurotischen Fuchs
ArtistLubo Kristek
Year1975 (1975)
MediumPerformance art
MovementConceptual art
LocationLandsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany

Promenade with a Neurotic Fox was a performance piece given by Lubo Kristek in Landsberg am Lech in 1975. The artist went for a walk along the colonnade with a fox skeleton. Kristek wanted to scrutinize the taboo of death. It was one of his studies of crowd behavior.[1]

After winter, Kristek found a skeleton of a fox still bearing remnants of skin in the woods.[2] He recalled his recent experience when he had found a dying pigeon near a bridge. He asked people on the bridge to help him to put the pigeon to death to end its suffering, but nobody cared. Kristek decided to take the founded mummified fox on a walk along the famous Landsberg colonnade by the river Lech to study people's reactions face to face with death.[1]

People mostly tried to avoid any contact with the artist or pretended he didn't exist. Dogs, on the other hand, were very much interested in the fox. The artist was surprised by the reactions of children who were particularly interested in the one who was pulling the fox on a leash.[2]

Kristek named the event the Promenade with a Neurotic Fox according to a jazz composition by the double-bassist Luděk Hulan he had once heard at a concert at the Viola Theatre in Prague.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Půtová, Barbora (2013). Kristek's Glyptothek im Thayatal (in Deutsch). Brno: VÚKU. p. 72. ISBN 9788090554818. OCLC 892780553. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fischer, Sonia; Neunzert, Hartfrid; Putova, Barbora (2019). Lubo Kristek - Genius Loci Cobwebbed. Brno: RICA. p. 12. ISBN 9788090554863. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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