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"BEUYS INSPIRED AND MÜLHEIM COMES” is the annual theme for 2021 in the city of Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. A large joint exhibition with the same title will celebrate the centenary year of his birth in the RUHR GALLERY MÜLHEIM. For applications to participate in the exhibition or for the provision of loans please email: or call the Mülheimer Kunstverein KKRR: 0208 46949-567. More details here.

New York's Dia Chelsea and Beuys' 7000 oaks. After a $20 million renovation and expansion Dia Chelsea has also extended its existing Beuys’ 7000 oaks sculpture by increasing the number of existing oaks and basalt columns along the street where the gallery is located. The newly enlarged gallery is due to re-open in April 2021.

"Terremoto in Palazzo" The process of rearrangement of the Terrae Motus collection at the Royal Palace of Caserta begins, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the earthquake in Irpinia, Southern Italy on November 23, 1980. The earthquake caused 3000 deaths and 8000 injuries. The destruction was the occasion of an extraordinary cultural operation by the Neapolitan gallery owner Lucio Amelio who summoned the greatest artists of the time to transform the catastrophe of the earthquake into a creative force. Forty years after the dramatic event, the Royal Palace of Caserta reopens the dialogue begun at that time between contemporary language and real environments. The masterpieces of many of the greatest contemporary artists will be placed along the traditional museum route in the royal apartments. The exhibition will open with Joseph Beuys' "Terremoto in Palazzo". It is in the first room, that of the Halberdiers, to remember, taking up his text-proclamation, that "every man possesses the most precious palace in his head, in his feeling, in his will ...". The Royal Palace of Caserta is closed to the public until December 4.

The Kupferstich-Kabinett in Dresden is part of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen of Dresden, and is located in Dresden Castle. The gallery has recently received more than 170 drawings by Beuys on loan from Heiner Bastian who for many years worked as an agent, assistant and private secretary to Beuys. Beuys produced the drawings over the period 1945 to 1985.

The world premiere of "Beuys' Kitchen" can be seen as a live stream, free of charge, on Saturday, January 30th 2021 at 7.30 p.m. The new play was due to premiere on January 30th at Theater Krefeld. Instead, it now only comes directly to viewers' homes via the Internet. The link can be found on the theatre's home page

Erlangen 19.01.21      19.00 - 20.30hr 100 Years of Joseph Beuys - The Dark Giant A lecture by Dr Marian Wild

Call for papers - Space and Time - Joseph Beuys’ Installation Art, its Presentation and Conservation Thursday, 16 September, 2021 to Friday, 17 September, 2021. Submission deadline, Friday, 22 January, 2021.  Place - Kassel, Germany. More details here.

Online presentation by Dr. Dorothée Siegelin "Joseph Beuys - pioneer of the green movement", Thursday, January 21, 10:30 a.m. Register: MVHS, Tel. 4 80 06-62 39; Einstein 28 - MVHS education centre, Einsteinstrasse 28, 81675 Munich

The Almería International Film Festival, Spain' includes ‘Videoarte 2020 Joseph Beuys’ - a video art workshop addressing the figure of the versatile artist Joseph Beuys. The workshop will be given by Professor Federico Martínez Utrera, during the mornings of November 16 to 18, 2020 in the auditorium of the Alfareros building of the Diputación de Almería, Spain. The maximum number of participants will be 18, admitted in strict order of registration (and may be on the waiting list) and registration is free. More details here.

The Harvard Art Museums have just received a gift of nearly 50 works by major figures in postwar German art from the collector Dorette Hildebrand-Staab. Included in the gift are two early drawings by Beuys—one from 1949, while he was a student at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. These will complement the Harvard Busch-Reisinger’s near-complete collection of the Beuys' multiples. According to Hildebrand-Staab, the gift was offered as a “bridge between the United States and Germany, in gratitude for American support of the country after 1945, but also to remind new generations of this longstanding relationship.” (posted 4.10.20)

A sad weekend

I was very saddened to learn over the weekend (10,11th October) of the deaths of two people closely associated with Joseph Beuys. Franz Joseph van der Grinten died age 87. He, together with his brother Hans, became the first collectors of Beuys’ works and went on to offer their huge collection of artworks to Museum Schloss Moyland. Sonja Mataré died aged 94. She was the daughter of Ewald Mataré (who taught Beuys at the Düsseldorf Academy), and gave the entire estate of Mataré to the Museum Kurhaus Kleve. The passing of an era?

Museum Schloss Moyland Sunday 15th November, 15.00 - 16.00 hr Curator's tour: "about printed matter, edited drawings by Joseph Beuys" with  Dr. Alexander Grönert Free guided tour as part of the graphic weekend Cost: € 7 museum admission. More info here.

At Museum Schloss Moyland on 13.09.2020, 11.00 a.m. A lecture by the author Dr. Petra Richter "Joseph Beuys. An earthquake in people's minds" in association with the exhibition "... this is my home" - Beuys in Italy. For decades, Italy was the source and subject of artistic work for Joseph Beuys (1921-1986). Southern Italy in particular, the Mezzogiorno, was an important source of inspiration for the artist. Registration is not required. Costs: € 5 plus museum admission.

On Monday, September 21, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.,, the Volkshochschule (vhs) of the Vogelsbergkreis focuses on the ideas of Joseph Beuys with a free online lecture by Dr. Corinna Thierolf, chief curator at the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich - which is responsible for Beuys’large installation “The End of the 20th Century”. The work raises questions about the coexistence of people in society, questions that are on the one hand motivated by contemporary history, but at the same time go beyond any current present. You must register online at or via or Tel. 06631-792 7700. More details here.

14.02.2020 – 20.9.20
Power Plant Block Beuys
The current special exhibition “Kraftwerk Block Beuys” has been extended to 20th September 2020 now that the coronavirus restrictions have been lifted somewhat.

In April 1970, Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) installed his ‘Block Beuys’ in the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt. To mark the 50th anniversary of this occasion, the exhibition documents the production of and alterations to this largest extent work complex in the world. Films, photographs and musical scores show how Beuys made previous use of objects from ‘Block Beuys’.

The exhibition sheds light on the context of selected works from ‘Block Beuys’ and exemplary actions. In 1963, Beuys, then a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, organised a FESTUM FLUXORUM FLUXUS. In 1964, a photograph showing Beuys with a bloody nose after a tumult at the ‘Festival of New Art’ in Aachen was disseminated by the press. In 1965, he demonstrated at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldort ‘How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare’. These were followed by ‘Homogenous Infiltration for Grand Piano, The Greatest Contemporary Composer is the Contergan Child,’ ‘Felt TV’ and ‘MANRESA’. The exhibition then introduces ‘Primary Current FLUXUS’ ‘EURASIA STAFF’ from 1967 and finally ‘Titus Andronicus / Iphigenia’ from 1969. More information here.

In Turin, Italy from 15th September to 26th September 2020 "Beuys without Beuys"

Numerous events are scheduled in Turin from 15 to 26 September in memory of Beuys. See here for details.

A rare chance to see a large lead sculpture by Joseph Beuys.

This sculpture, 0.5m tall, was given to the late Anatol Herzberg by Joseph Beuys.

From 2pm Saturday August 15th 2020 until September 26th 2020 the sculpture, entitled ‘King David’,  can be seen ON SPECIAL REQUEST ONLY, as part of the Seewerk annual exhibition. The Seewerk art gallery is located at Silberseeweg 1A, 47447 Moers, Germany

Opening times are not fixed. Please phone 02841/886879 to arrange a visit.

A short video giving further information about ‘King David’ can be viewed here.

Joseph Beuys - on printed matter

On the opening day, 3rd October 2021, of this exhibition at Schloss Moyland, Bedburg Hau, there is a  programmme of events starting at 2.30 p.m. with a one and a half hour collage workshop for children of primary school age. As the artist Joseph Beuys showed, children take a closer look at newspapers and magazines, change them, add some things and take away others. With scissors, pen and glue children can create their own work of art. At 4 p.m., the cultural editors Matthias Grass (Rheinische Post), Heiner Frost (Niederrhein Nachrichten) and Andreas Gebbink (Neue Rhein Zeitung) will speak on the subject of art and media, moderated by the curator of the exhibition, Dr. Alexander Grönert. Finally, at 5 p.m.there will be a public tour of the exhibition guided by Dr. Alexander Grönert. A maximum of 9 participants can take part in the workshop and the tour, registration at Places are allocated in the order in which they are registered. More details here

Joseph Beuys: "Multiples"

Monday, October 5th, 6:00 p.m. Online livestream of the adult education centres from the Munich Pinakothek.  Dr. Corinna Thierolf, the main curator in the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen in Munich, speaks on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys about his "multiples". Multiples are small-format objects that Beuys defined as "vehicles" for transporting ideas. Details here.

In Gröbenzell, Tuesday December 1st, 2020:  Joseph Beuys: thought leader of the green movement Course leader Dr. Dorothée Siegelin  7.30 p.m. - 9 p.m. at the Bürgerhaus Saal     Course fee € 7.50
For Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), art was a means of changing society. He worked with new, and at the time unusual, means and materials, not only fat and felt, but washing powder was also used. In doing so, he tried to trigger thought processes in each individual that would lead to a change in the political and social order. Actions such as "7000 oaks - urban forest instead of city administration" (1982) were pioneering achievements for the green movement.
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Kunstkompass continues to place Beuys very highly

In the top 20 contemporary artists who have already died, Kunstcompass’s placements in the first three places have remained the same compared to 2019. Andy Warhol leads in first place, closely followed by Joseph Beuys and, some distance behind, Sigmar Polke. Kunstkompass has measured the fame and rank of contemporary artists around the world for the last 50 years. It does this as objectively as possible by focussing on the response of the professional world to the artist. Sales prices do not play a role in the evaluation of the now more than 30,000 artists. Instead, the following criteria are assessed with points: Solo exhibitions in one of the more than 300 renowned international museums such as the MoMA in New York; Participation in one of the annual 100 group exhibitions such as the Documenta in Kassel; Reviews in renowned art magazines; Purchases from well-known museums; Honours with awards such as the Turner Prize in London; and in the case of sculptures, also outdoor installations.From:

Bog Action

A new 22 metre high viewing tower that offers a magnificent view of De Groote Peel National Park in the Netherlands was officially opened on September 25th 2020. This is the area where Beuys created his ‘Bog Action’. On the top floor of the viewing tower are four almost life-size photographs of the action taken by Gianfranco Gorgoni and which are the only record of the event. See more on the Bog Action here. 

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