1921 - 1986
Born in Krefeld (DE), died in Düsseldorf (DE).
"Art alone makes life possible – this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms... I would say man does not consist only of chemical processes, but also of metaphysical occurrences. The provocateur of the chemical processes is located outside the world. Man is only truly alive when he realizes he is a creative, artistic being... Even the act of peeling a potato can be a work of art if it is a conscious act." [Joseph Beuys, interviewed by Willoughby Sharp, 1969]
Joseph Beuys was one of the most significant and influential artist of the twentieth century, who expanded the scope of art into the realms of politics, society and ecology.
Joseph Beuys worked in a way that was contrary to the logic and hegemony of Modernism. Using his Eurasienstab performance as a starting point, the exhibition examines how Beuys’ use of the notion of ‘Eurasia’ was a part of his Anti-Modern sentiment, against greater rationality, individualism and the Eurocentric world-view. With a vision that was more attuned to cultural depth, mysticism and to nature, Beuys wanted to remove the distinctions between “East” and “West”. This was also echoed in his activism, with an approach to politics though a belief in discursiveness, latent energy and direct action.
Beuys was active in Antwerp during the 1960s and 1970s through his relationship with the seminal gallery Wide White Space. Amongst his numerous exhibitions, it is here that he also made his performance Eurasienstab (Eurasian Staff) in collaboration with Henning Christiansen on 9 February 1968.
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Joseph Beuys Postkarten
Joseph Beuys, Joseph Beuys Postkarten, 1980. Miscellaneum, postcards; ink on paper.
Andy Warhol. Für die Grünen
Joseph Beuys, Andy Warhol. Für die Grünen, 1979. Print, offset; ink on paper, 108 x 78.5 cm.
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Robert Filliou – Multiples
21 June 2003 - 21 August 2003.
Robert Filliou – multiples together with the people day collection Robert Filliou (°1926, Sauve; †1987, Lascaux, France) felt attracted to t
Joseph Beuys – Greetings...
13 October 2017 - 21 January 2018.
The exhibition Joseph Beuys – Greetings from the Eurasian will seek simultaneously to consider Beuys’ activities in Antwerp during the 1960s
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Antwerpen / Anvers / Antw...
J Joseph Beuys visited Antwerp in the late 1960s and early 1970s for exhibitions and events at Wide White Space Gallery run by Anny De De
Materiaal / Matériel / Ma...
Joseph Beuys often used unconventional materials for his work. They perform an important function, providing complex layers of associations a
Politiek / Politics / Pol...
From the 1960s onwards, Joseph Beuys was actively engaged in politics. Out of his extensive concept of art and his belief that the creativity