100 Jahre Joseph Beuys

A graffiti painting by the Düsseldorf artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) with the slogan "Anyone who doesn't want to think flies out" adorns a house wall in Düsseldorf (North Rhine-Westphalia). Photo (detail): Horst Ossinger; © dpa

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.

Video series: #aboutbeuys

International artists deal with the heritage of Joseph Beuys.

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Fondacion Klemm

The Czech-Argentine artist Federico Klemm (1942-2002) was an admirer of Beuys. Art critic Julio Sánchez and artist Pablo Marchetti talk about Klemm and his fascination with Beuys and felt suits.

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Viktória Monhor

A tree and a poster that says it: A very important message that is of interest to everyone. Hungarian artist Viktória Monhor shows that less is more.

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Yacine Tilala

The American artist with Senegalese and Mauritanian roots Yacine Tilala takes inspiration from a Joseph Beuys interview in her video and creates her own work of art. The body is at the centre of it.

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Ance Vilnite

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. 

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Kristof Kintera

There can be no art without Beuys – says Czech artist Kristof Kintera, describing Beuys as an icon and mystic whose artistic perspective can lead us out of a poorly functioning society.

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Marzia Farhana

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.

Screenshot  © Luchezar Boyadjiev

Luchezar Boyadjiev

How can a personal or a collective trauma be overcome? The Bulgarian artist Luchezar Boyadjiev explains how his work seeks to heal society through reconciliation.

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Robert Svarc

Beuys is still alive and his work is a preparation for the complex, irritating 21st century - says the Slovak artist Robert Svarc and presents his thoughts on Beuys’ legacy.

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Susanne Kriemann

Is a museum allowed to change the meaning of a deceased artist’s works? German artist Susanne Kriemann tells how an exhibition by Beuys shaped her understanding of art.

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Zaki Al-Maboren

Have you ever been to Kassel? The German-Sudanese artist Zaki Al-Maboren reflects on Beuys’ artwork "7,000 Oaks", which was part of the art exhibition documenta 7.

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Kalas Liebfried

Compared to other post-war artists, Beuys is still relevant. The Bulgarian artist Kalas Liebfried deals with Beuys’ artistic legacy in his works.

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