Anniversary Program
100 Years of Joseph Beuys

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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.
 



Of brooms & coyotes: Artist and California College of the Arts professor Kota Ezawa attended the Düsseldorf Arts Academy 40 years after Joseph Beuys. For #beuys100, Ezawa took a broom to his studio. Watch Ezawa’s animation "Lennon Sontag Beuys" at the Goethe-Institut Toronto’s Goethe Air Space in spring 2022 as part of the Contact Photography Festival.
Of brooms & coyotes: Artist and California College of the Arts professor Kota Ezawa attended the Düsseldorf Arts Academy 40 years after Joseph Beuys. For #beuys100, Ezawa took a broom to his studio. Watch Ezawa’s animation "Lennon Sontag Beuys" at the Goethe-Institut Toronto’s Goethe Air Space in spring 2022 as part of the Contact Photography Festival.

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