Joseph Beuys

Josep Beuys was born 100 years ago on May 12th 1921.
This website draws attention to the ideas of Joseph Beuys - which still have great relevance to our current situation especially in areas such as education, the environment, economic models, social sculpture and art practice generally.

I aim to keep you informed of all the work that has been and is still being done in his name and spirit - especially highlighting those in 2021. This is a very large undertaking, started in May 2020. It will take several years to complete, if ever. This site focuses on Joseph Beuys and does not attempt to include work by other artists or Beuys' practitioners.  I welcome your support by bringing to my attention any relevant work that you believe will add to the site's comprehensiveness.  The 'About' page gives a little more detail.

In navigating the site, the menu items at the top of the home page lead to areas of general interest, whilst the section buttons on the home page lead to specific areas of interest.

The site is very much under preparation but please keep me informed of any existing or future events that you know of, or are planning. Please use the form below.
Thank you for looking.
Cliff Gorman

 A young Beuys in Kurhaus Kleve.  A poster advertising the exhibition 'Work Lines'         (Werklinien) in 2016                                                                           Image: Cliff Gorman


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Where are we?

Joseph Beuys was one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century. He widened the very concept of art by including 'invisible materials' such as thoughts, feelings, and actions as materials which require 'sculpting'. And, since everyone participates in this sculpting process, a process he called ‘social sculpture’, he maintained 'Everyone is an artist' and we all have the capacity to shape the world we inhabit for the better. But where are we on this path? Hopefully, this website will provide some answers to this question.


‘Beuys in Krefeld’ This really useful 52 page well-illustrated magazine is now available to down load at

Beuys & Bike. Spanning about 300 kilometres from Kleve to Leverkusen, Beuys & Bike is a new cycling route that links places that played important roles in Beuys’ life and work, such as his birthplace, his first studio, the Art Academy, important works, or museums and galleries that made his work known early on, in an active experience. The NRW information centre has produced some useful (and more detailed information on eight towns and cities linked to Beuys) at: This information is available in English. Well worth a read even if a visit is planned without a bike!

A Global-Lab. The Kassel-21 / Social Sculpture Lab – curated by Shelley Sacks for the Documenta Archiv, the Neue Galerie, Kassel, and the City of Kassel – is a global lab for the 2021 Joseph Beuys Centenary celebrations, in Kassel, and online, that creates the opportunities for making “social honey” by actively engaging with Joseph Beuys’ expanded understanding of art, and creating a place of questions. Throughout 2021, the Kassel-21 Social Sculpture Lab will offer multiple opportunities for experiencing new forms of thinking-together and connective practice for working toward a humane and ecologically just future. See: where you can also register your interest.

Beuys around the Clock. The Temporary Art Museum in Mülheim, Germany (a shop premises at Schloßstraße 28-30 whilst the Art Museum is closed) innovatively uses a shop window for a small exhibition “Joseph Beuys: Posters - Stations of His Art” displaying books, posters and archival material. The window display is also used as a reminder that the film “BEUYS” by Werner Nekes and Dore O., which was awarded the German Film Critics Prize, was shot in 1981 in the Atelier am Kassenberg in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The shop window can be viewed around the clock until February 21st.

Beuys - Events

To celebrate the centenary many events are already planned in the region where Beuys lived, see here

Beuys - issues & ideas

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Beuys was concerned with an array of issues. For example the environment, education, political sysyems, use of money, nuclear proliferation, inequality, sexism, racial, East-West division, etc

Beuys- the man and his art

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Beuys -Resources

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Here you will find links to books, articles, documents, films, videos, audios etc.