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Anniversary Program
100 Years of Joseph Beuys

Few German cultural figures of the 20th century were as controversial as the action artist, sculptor, draftsman, art theorist, and professor Joseph Beuys (1921–1986). His work dealt with a new, expanded concept of art that included the political co-creation of society.

We’ve gathered events on Joseph Beuys from our colleagues and partners in the region — and included some 2021 perspectives on the artist’s work.

Video series: #aboutbeuys

International artists discuss the legacy of Joseph Beuys.

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.

Susanne Kriemann

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

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.

More about Joseph Beuys

Beuys will be Beuys

Joseph Beuys is one of the most influential and controversial artists of the 20th century. In 2021, we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth. Who was Beuys, and who is he today?

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 devoting its programming to the artist. What is the significance of Beuys’ work and agenda today?

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Beuys 2021

The anniversary program beuys2021 is a project of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in collaboration with the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf.