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Nikolaus Urban

GRAB A KNIFE AND GO FOR A WALK IN THE CROWD!, 1975
Black screenprint on white stock. 700 x 495mm. Signed and dated, numbered 5/50.

KILL AT LEAST ONE MAN IN YOUR LIFE!, 1975
Black screenprint on white stock. 700 x 495mm. Signed and dated, numbered 3/50.

These two prints are the only known documentation of a performance All cows look the same in the dark, which took place Bonnefantenmuseum, Holland. The prints are dated 1975 and the performance took place c1976.

According to a source present at the performance; the event took place in one of the largest rooms at the museum, in which Urban had placed a round table, some small plastic cows and a rolled up newspaper. Urban entered the room and talked to the cows and the audience laughed. He picked up the rolled newspaper and proceeded to walk among the audience and tapped museum staff on the shoulder with the paper. He then put on a blindfold and unrolled the newspaper to reveal a large carving knife within. Urban moved about the room swinging the knife and the audience quickly dispersed.