Joseph Beuys (12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. He was a German Fluxus, happening, and performance artist as well as a painter, sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist, and pedagogue. His extensive work is grounded in concepts of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy; it culminates in his "extended definition of art" and the idea of social sculpture as a Gesamtkunstwerk, for which he claimed a creative, participatory role in shaping society and politics. His career was characterized by open public debates on a very wide range of subjects including political, environmental, social and long-term cultural trends.
The Social Sculptures event series begins with a ten-day workshop facilitated by cultural practitioners and artists whose practices are inspired by and draw from Joseph Beuys' social-sculpture projects. The workshop will run from 19 to 29 April 2021 and will be focusing on the concept of social sculpture, which Beuys developed in the early 1970s. His impactful term is centred on the belief that art could include the entire process of living – thoughts, actions, conversation, and objects – and could be enacted collectively by a wide range of people beyond artists.
Social Sculptures: 10-day workshop for artists
The exhibition in September and October 2021 consists of artworks developed within the framework of the workshop.
Beuys in Film
Audiences will have the opportunity to get to know Beuys and his work through a selection of films. More information on the screening programme will be announced soon.