Marta Minujin is an Argentinian conceptual artist famous for her performance pieces called "Happenings," which she also describes as "livable sculptures." She created her first "Happening" in 1963 in Paris where she had traveled on a scholarship to study. For this piece, she arranged mattresses along the Impasse Roussin then invited other artists, including Christo and Paul-Armand Gette, to destroy her display. Other "Happenings" include Suceso Plástico (1965)—an event that included motorcyclists, fat women, athletes, wedding couples wrapped in tape, young girls kissing audience members, and the artist herself arriving by helicopter to throw live chickens, lettuce, and flour over participants—and Interpenning (1972)—an interactive show at MoMA in New York that required participants to undergo a range of activities and sensory experiences.
Minujin's performances and artworks tackle many themes and issues, from politics to the definition of art to the way we perceive the world. She has won many awards for her work and continues to show her "Happenings" and other pieces at museums, fairs, and galleries around the world. She continues to stand by her belief that "everything is art.