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Porträt des deutschen Künstlers und Kunstprofessors Joseph Beuys, abgebildet im November 1979. © ČTK/DPA/Dürrwald

100 Years of Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys would have turned 100 in 2021. In celebration, we’ve gathered events on Beuys from our colleagues and partners in the region — and included some 2021 perspectives on the artist’s work.

Postcards from the National United Committee to Free Angela Davis collection (M0262) Photo (detail): © Courtesy of Department of Special Collections, Stanford Libraries

U.S. Edition
One Million Roses for Angela Davis

In the 1970s, a postcard campaign organized by the state of East Germany called for the release of the imprisoned philosopher and Black Power activist Angela Davis. This dossier explores this unusual — and often contradictory — alliance.

Shaping the Past / Gestaltung der Vergangenheit

Shaping the Past

How does the past take shape? What happens in the process of coming to terms with the past? What social repercussions are associated with the rooting of history in monuments and memorials?

Key Visual Eliten EN Igor Miske © Unsplash

The Developmental History of the Arts
The Elite in the Arts

What power drives art to change? What causes new forms of expression and new styles? How does the new come into the world? American and German theoreticians show how the arts continue to develop in sudden leaps and bounds from the tension between popular and elite tendencies.

Public Interest Design Lab Headshots © Goethe-Institut

Community and Design
The Public Interest Design Lab

How can community-led planning, public engagement, and design be used to restore justice to our cities? How can design strengthen the social bonds that are vital to a thriving, equitable D.C.? These questions prompted the Public Interest Design Lab, a new initiative of the Goethe-Institut, in partnership with DC Public Library. In its first year, this fellowship supported six design practitioners from many fields confronting the most urgent issues in their communities.

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