Action artist, activist, sculptor, draughtsman and professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy: Joseph Beuys would have turned 100 in 2021. His ideas, works and political commitment had a significant impact on the art landscape of the post-war period. His approach of social sculpture influenced the art world and society. The statement: “Everyone is an artist” is more relevant than ever.
In Beuys' eyes, the community itself is the material and every individual is an artist. In her video, Latvian artist Ance Vilnite refers to the concept of social sculpture and sees in every action a chance to shape it.
To change society, it is important to ensure free education, free information and free participation. The artist Marzia Farhana from Bangladesh tells how she implements Joseph Beuys' Expanded Concept of Art in her projects.
Joseph Beuys is a special chapter in art history, and in 2021 we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential and controversial artists of the 20th century. Who was and who is Beuys today?
On the occasion of the 100th birthday and 35th anniversary of the death of Joseph Beuys, the Goethe-Institut Tokyo is exploring the question in events and projects: What is the significance of the artist's work and agenda today?