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100 Years 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

100 Years Joseph Beuys

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.

Projects from Goethe-Institut Irland

Joseph Beuys, ‘The Blackboards, Dublin 1974’. Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. © Estate of Joseph Beuys, Bild-Kunst Bonn / IVARO Dublin, 2021. Joseph Beuys, ‘The Blackboards, Dublin 1974’. Collection & image © Hugh Lane Gallery. © Estate of Joseph Beuys, Bild-Kunst Bonn / IVARO Dublin, 2021.


To mark the centenary of the birth of Joseph Beuys, the Hugh Lane Gallery presents a focused exhibition looking back on the artist's relationship to Ireland. 

Performance von Rónán Ó Raghallaigh (c) Rónán Ó Raghallaigh

Rónán Ó Raghallaigh: Directions of the Cauldron

This performance, filmed at the oak tree on the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) which was planted in 1991 in memory of Beuys, imagines how a druid’s lecture might have sounded or could exist in contemporary times.

Video series: #aboutbeuys

Screenshot  © Kristof Kintera

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.

Screenshot  © Marzia Farhana

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.

Screenshot  © Robert Svarc

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.

Screenshot  © Susanne Kriemann

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.

Screenshot  © Zaki Al-Maboren

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.


Beuys will be Beuys © Eugen Korda

Beuys will be Beuys

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?

100 Years Joseph Beuys © Mimmo Jodice and the CODA Museum, CC BY 3.0, Detail and Sepia

100 Years Joseph Beuys

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?

Beuys Verstehen (C) Beuys Verstehen

Understanding Beuys

“Understanding Beuys” is the name of the virtual gallery that uses eight iconic works to show how Joseph Beuys developed his “expanded concept of art”.