Joseph 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.
It focuses on Joseph Beuys. It does not attempt to include work by other artists or Beuys' practitioners.
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A young Beuys in Kurhaus Kleve. A poster advertising the exhibition 'Work Lines' (Werklinien) in 2016 Image: Cliff Gorman
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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.
Here you will find links to books, articles, documents, films, videos, audios etc.