“Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys

Mar 27 — Aug 15, 2021

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  • Joseph Beuys, Aktion im Moor, Eindhoven, Niederlande, August 1971 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021; Photograph by Gianfranco Gorgoni, © Maya Gorgoni
  • Joseph Beuys, Aktion I like America and America likes Me, René Block Gallery, New York, Mai 1974, Photo: © Caroline Tisdall, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
  • Raphael Hillebrand, POW_2045, Photo: Gianni Addi
  • Phyllida Barlow, STREET untitled: banners, 2010. Fabric, sawn wood, styrofoam, cement, cotton, approx. 400 × 900 × 500 cm (installation dimension), installation view, Migros Museum of contemporary art, Zürich, Photo: Stefan Altenburger Photography, Zurich,
  • Goshka Macuga, Make Tofu Not War, 2018, 3D-Tapestry, 293 × 447 cm, Edition of 5 + 1 AP, Private collection, Photo: Sebastiano Pe
  • Jenny Holzer, VOTE YOUR FUTURE, 2018, Text VOTE YOUR FUTURE with March for Our Lives, Jenny Holzer and many more, Los Angeles, 2018, LED-Bus, Color photography, 46,7 × 70 cm, Courtesy the artist, © 2018 Jenny Holzer, ARS, Photo: Collin LaFleche, VG Bild-K
  • Pope.L, The Great White Way: 22 Miles, 9, Years, 1 Street, New York, NY, 2002, C-Prints, © Pope.L, Courtesy the artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
  • The Otolith Group, O Horizon, 2018, Videoinstallation, HD-Video, Color, Sound, 90 Min., Videostill, Courtesy The Otolith Group and Lux, London
  • Dineo Seshee Bopape, Lerole: footnotes (The struggle of memory against forgetting), 2018, Installation, earth, ceramics (black lumps, gray lumps), iron oxide, coal, record player, wooden panels, dimensions variable Installation view (detail), Courtesy the
  • Michael Campanella, Greta Thunberg Portraits, August 28, 2018, Photo: © Michael Campanella / Contributor (Photo by MICHAEL CAMPANELLA/Getty Images)
  • Tejal Shah, Between the Waves, 2012 Videoinstallation, Main film, Kanal I, Color and black and white, surround sound 5.1 and stereo sound, 26:15 Min., Loop, Edition of 3 + 2 AP, Videostill Courtesy the artist and Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich
  • Patti Smith, Performance at The Observatory at Beach Goth Festival in Santa Ana, California, October 22 2016, © Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

As a draftsman, sculptor, teacher, politician, and activist, as well as action and installation artist, Joseph Beuys (1921, Krefeld – 1986, Düsseldorf) fundamentally changed the art of the twentieth century. His influence can still be felt today in artistic and political discourses. His centennial in 2021 is an occasion to rediscover and critically question both his complex work and his international appeal.

The exhibition provides profound insight into the cosmopolitical thinking of Joseph Beuys as manifested in his actions. For here—as an acting, speaking, and moving figure—Beuys examined the central and radical idea of his expanded concept of art: “Everyone is an artist”. The goal of his universalist approach was to renew society from the ground up.

More than any other artist of his time, Joseph Beuys connected art with social processes, presenting it within a universal claim to politics, science, philosophy, and economics as a creative, transformative force.

In the exhibition, contemporary artists, along with representatives from the most diverse areas of society, enter into a multi-layered, transcultural dialogue with Beuys. From today’s perspective, they confirm, question, and expand his theses on the possibilities of a future conceived in terms of art.

An exhibition in conjunction with “beuys 2021. 100 years of joseph beuys”. A project of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf as main organizer. The Beuys centennial year stands under the patronage of NRW Minister-President Armin Laschet.

Positions in the exhibition:
Joseph Beuys, B-Town Warriors, Phyllida Barlow, Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian, Fatou Bensouda, Huma Bhabha, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Angela Davis, Dusadee Huntrakul, Charles Foster, Núria Güell, Donna Haraway, Raphael Hillebrand, Jenny Holzer, Michel Houellebecq, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Zoe Leonard, Goshka Macuga, Milk Tea Alliance, Lutz Mommartz, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, William PopeL., Tejal Shah, Vandana Shiva, Santi-ago Sierra, Patti Smith, Edward Snowdon, Christopher D. Stone, Suzanne Lacy, The Oto-lith Group, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Greta Thunberg.
 

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Installation views

  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
  • “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, 2021, Photo: Achim Kukulies
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Catalog

Publication

A comprehensive catalog edited by Susanne Gaenheimer, Isabelle Malz, Eugen Blume, and Catherine Nichols will be published to accompany the exhibition,

Hatje Cantz
336 pages / price: 34 €

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