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Joseph Beuys

Image: Galerie Schenk / CC BY-SA (

Various locations in North Rhine-Westphalia

from 12 may 2021

Beuysradio radio – podcast – audio library

iIs everyone an artist? Are trees more intelligent than people? Is sculpture a synonym for the humane? Are we the revolution? Do we live in a pseudo-democracy? Are capitalism’s days numbered? Joseph Beuys posed many of the questions that we most urgently face today. Beuysradio investigates what Beuys actually said, how that is pertinent and why his ideas remain the subject of such heated debate today. This free online audio programme dedicated to Joseph Beuys presents 100 voices exploring him as a person, 10 podcasts on his most provocative questions, 25 reports on the festivities comprising the centenary programme »beuys 2021« and 5 playlists introducing the music he listened to, made and influenced.

artistic directors: catherine nichols and eugen blume

Various locations in nrw


Von Der Heydt-Museum 

21.9.2021 - 9.1.2022

Torn out of Time

Joseph Beuys: Actions - photographed by Ute Klophaus

Taking its lead from the 24-hour Happening at Galerie Parnass in Wuppertal in 1965, this exhibition of the photographs by Ute Klophaus (1940–2010) in the Von der Heydt-Museum focuses on her images of Actions by Joseph Beuys. Her shots of moments »torn out of the flow of time« in Beuys’s performances also capture the special charisma, intensity and energy of Beuys in action.

Von Der Heydt-Museum

Turmhof 8, 42103 Wuppertal


Kaiser Wilhelm Museum
Mar 28–Aug 1 2021
Art = Human Joseph Beuys in Krefeld

The Kaiser Wilhelm Museum is the only museum in North Rhine-Westphalia to own a site specific work ensemble by Joseph Beuys, which has been preserved in the same state as when the artist installed it himself during his own lifetime. To mark the beginning of the anniversary year Beuys 2021, the Kunstmuseen Krefeld are presenting, in addition to the permanently installed Beuys Rooms, an exhibition of further works and documents by the artist from the museum’s holdings, the focus of which is the lecture “Art = Human", which Beuys gave on the occasion of the acquisition of his key work Barraque D’Dull Odde and which he later declared to be an “action.”

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum 

Joseph-Beuys-Platz 1

47798 Krefeld



8.10.21 - 16.1.22

Beuys and Duchamp

The exhibition presents the first large-scale juxtaposition of the works of Joseph Beuys and the French artist and conceptual art pioneer Marcel Duchamp. Joseph Beuys referenced the oeuvre of his »challenger« on numerous occasions. The exhibition wants to enable a fresh look at these two universal artists who essentially altered the perception of what art is and what artists do.

Kaiser Wilhelm Museum 

Joseph-Beuys-Platz 147798 Krefeld


Zeche Zollverein

10.5.21 - 26.9.21

Invisible Sculpture

The exhibition focuses on the socio-political dimension in the work of Joseph Beuys and discusses its significance for the present and the future. To this end, unpublished materials and key works by the visionary artist will be on display. Beuys' commitment to democracy and ecology was forward-looking and has redefined the international concept of art. In the context of current discussions about social coexistence and the relationship between man and nature, the exhibition takes a new look at his work. In addition, Beuys' connection to the Ruhr region is highlighted, especially in the context of the founding of the two branches of his Free International University in Gelsenkirchen and Essen.


Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, Area A [Shaft XII], Coal Washery [A14], Gelsenkirchener Str. 181, 45309 Essen


Galerie am Berg
March 1st - August 31st
Joseph Beuys

This newly opened small-scale gallery presents interesting works of contemporary art from the fields of painting, printmaking and sculpture. From 1st March works by Beuys will be shown. All works can be purchased in cooperation with Galerie Lochner (Dachau) and Galerie MZ (Augsburg).

To make an appointment for a visit please call: (0821) 6503880 or email: 

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Friedberger Berg 7
86316 Friedberg



"JOSEPH BEUYS  highlights of his work'.

The presentation in Franz von Lenbach’s studio wing offers a comprehensive overview of Joseph Beuys's work in sculpture, with key pieces from all stages of his creative evolution. "Stove," "Bathtub," "Hare's Grave," and many other works illustrate the range of sculptural possibilities that Beuys explored between 1948 and 1968. After 1970, he focused his energies on making sprawling large-format installations. The two iconic environments "show your wound" (1974/75) and before the departure from camp I" (1970/80) exemplify this phase in his oeuvre.

Joseph Beuys Environments and sculptures 

January 1 - December 31, 2021

No further details available

Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus Luisenstraße 33 80333 Munich


Sun., May 9th, 2021, 8:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

study trip to Kleve & Bedburg Hau
Course location: Departure: 8:45 a.m., bus parking lot at lower Sandkaulstrasse, Aachen

As a sculptor, action artist and draftsman, Joseph Beuys revolutionized the concept of art. His 100th birthday in 2021 provides an opportunity to rediscover, appreciate and critically question his complex work and his radically expanded concept of art: "Everyone is an artist" . The studio rooms in which he worked from 1957 to 1964 are located in the “Joseph Beuys west wing” of the museum in Kleve (guided tour).

After a lunch break in the Museum Schloss Moyland, we visit the special exhibition “Joseph Beuys and the Shamans”. The museum for modern and contemporary art is home to the international research centre on Joseph Beuys.

Finally, the restored gardens invite you to take a walk.

Fee: € 78.00 includes travel, guided tours, admission and accompaniment.

Please note: Additional boarding option for bus parking at Friedhof Hüls

Departure time is 20 minutes earlier. Bus company: ELKA-Reisen

Cancellation possible up to 21 days in advance.



ludwig forum für internationale kunst

11 to 12 June 2021


Beuys, fluxus and the impact - the festival of new art in Aachen

The name Joseph Beuys is indelibly associated with an incident at the »festival of new art« on 20 July 1964 in the main lecture hall – the audimax – of the rwth technical university in Aachen. A performance by Beuys took a dramatic turn when an agitated student landed a punch on his nose, drawing blood, and the event was abruptly called to a halt. Photographs taken that evening have become part of our collective memory, even if few people nowadays are fully aware of the circumstances.
This two-day symposium will focus on the relationship between Beuys and the fluxus movement in the wake of that festival and will welcome numerous expert speakers to the audimax (the original festival venue) and to the ludwig forum Aachen.

ludwig forum für internationale kunst

Jülicher Straße 97–109

52070 Aachen


Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart

About the language from
Joseph Beuys on his 100th birthday
13/6/2021 to 19/9/2021

In 1985 Joseph Beuys contributed to the series “Speeches about one's own country: Germany” at the Münchner Kammerspiele. In his speech he stated that he developed his works “from the language”. Equal to artistic means of creation, he understood language as a plastic material through which each and every individual could participate physically, intellectually and communicatively in the reorganization of society. His engagement with language ranges from silence to hours of discussion, from animal-sounding sounds to precise discussions of terms and enigmatic writings.

On Beuys' 100th birthday, the Hamburger Bahnhof is putting language at the center of an exhibition that will showcase sculptures, drawings, installations, films, posters and documents - including the cycle “The secret block for a secret person in Ireland” and the installation “Das Capital Room 1970–1977 ”- from the holdings of the Nationalgalerie , the Marx Collection , the Kupferstichkabinett and the art library .

Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart

Invalidenstrasse 50-51
10557 Berlin


Hartware MedienKunstVerein

23.10.21 - 20.3.22

Starting with the figure of the shaman, which Joseph Beuys cultivated throughout his life, the exhibition is devoted to current »techno-shamanistic« artistic positions. These understand shamanism not only as technology itself, but search for shamanic powers by means of the use of (speculative) technology. Many of the tropes that Beuys so iconically employed to heal and transform society, to cultivate a spiritual access to the environment, to overcome power as well as the logic of capital are used by contemporary artists who in this way update Beuys’ strategies and questions for the digital age.

HMKV (Hartware MedienKunstVerein)

at the Dortmunder U
Level 3
44137 Dortmund


Museum Ostwall im dortmunder u

13 Aug to 17 Oct 2021

Revolution Beuys

Dealing with history is about the both the present and the future. Form-finding in various media, artistic representation, and the daily staging of empowerment as a global cultural technique all directly connect with questions posed in Beuys’s work. The motor of "insight" and "reason" instigate moments of self-empowerment that Beuys expresses in his art and in his words: "make use of the power that you have through your right to self-determination! All of you!"

This collaborative exhibition project, presented in the Schaufenster exhibition space in Museum Ostwall, assembles objects and issues in a setting that combines political action and reaction. It addresses historic, current, and future processes of social interaction, forms of activism, and assumptions about the human condition. This project codes the exhibition space as a social laboratory and as a place of "permanent conference", thereby enabling visitors to engage in a critical discussion ranging from the objects and concepts on display to themes appropriated by Beuys.

Museum Ostwall im Dortmunder u

Leonie-Reygers-Terrasse 1 

44137 Dortmund

January 23, 2021 - June 6, 2021

A Woodstock of ideas - Joseph Beuys, Achberg and the German south

Beuys’ works from the holdings of the Ulm Museum, the Kunsthalle Vogelmann Heilbronn and Rainer Rappmann’s Achberger Beuys Archive will be brought together for this exhibition which focuses on Beuys’ artistic and political connection to Swabia.

Heilbronn has an important, almost complete, collection of Beuys’ editions, multiples and prints. And the Achberger Archive will be on display here for the first time ever, with works relating to Beuys’ close association with the International Cultural Center Achberg (INKA).

Museum Ulm
Marktplatz 9
89073 Ulm


July 17, 2021 - October 31, 2021

A Woodstock of ideas - Joseph Beuys, Achberg and the German south

Beuys’ works from the holdings of the Ulm Museum, the Kunsthalle Vogelmann Heilbronn and Rainer Rappmann’s Achberger Beuys Archive will be brought together for this exhibition which focuses on Beuys’ artistic and political connection to Swabia.

Heilbronn has an important, almost complete, collection of Beuys’ editions, multiples and prints. And the Achberger Archive will be on display here for the first time ever, with works relating to Beuys’ close association with the International Cultural Center Achberg (INKA).

Kunsthalle Vogelmann Heilbronn

Allee 28

74072 Heilbronn


MAY 9, 2021 - AUGUST 1, 2021

An exhibition of posters and multiples by the artist taken from the Kunsthalle's own art archive as well as additional loans from private collections, as well as work photos and portraits.

Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg  in der KulturBäckerei

Dorette-von-Stern-Str. 2

21337 Lüneburg  

 Free entrance


Museum Morsbroich

May 2 - August 29, 2021

THE CATALYST Joseph Beuys and Democracy Today

Based on Beuys' 'A Strret Action' (1971) and the exhibition installation 'Halftime' (1984) THE CATALYST investigates how political work is done today through artistic work. Both installations are shown in dialogue with contemporary positions which, on different levels, are related to Joseph Beuysʾ artistic strategy. The exhibited works - including video works, installations, sculptures and paintings - sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly, open up questions about our collective notions of democracy and show various ideas of how participation in political life can look today.

With works by Joseph Beuys and John Bock, Karolina Jabłonska, Nikita Kadan, Henrike Naumann, Ahmet Öğüt, Mario Pfeifer, Alexander Wissel & Jan Bonny, Yarema & Himey and others.

Museum Morsbroich
Gustav-Heinemann-Str. 80
51377 Leverkusen


Volkshochschule Bayreuth
Tuesday, July 6th, 2021, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Talk & discussion "Is that art or does it float away?"

Course leader Angela Lodes

 Beuys dealt with questions of humanism, social philosophy and anthroposophy. The man in the hat is revolutionizing art like no other. An interesting journey into modern times for the artist's 100th birthday - questions and answers.

Course fee (from 10 participants) € 6.60

Binding registration until June 29th, 2021

RW21, EDV-Raum 

Richard-Wagner-Str. 21
95444 Bayreuth

Bergisch Gladbach

Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders

23 April to 30 May 2021

Empty boxes as a plastic theme in the work of Joseph Beuys

Many art collections have a small open box made from pinewood; it is marked inside, in Beuys’s own hand, with the word "intuition" above two horizontal lines. it is signed and dated on the back. Around 12,000 examples of this seemingly unremarkable object were produced. In fact Beuys made each one of these multiples himself: " . . . I have to make these things myself, otherwise they’re nothing". 

This exhibition provides an insight into the genesis of these multiples and their variants..There will also be a focus on the »empty box« as a recurrent topic in the work of Beuys, from the »rubberized box« (1957) to the »sulphur-covered zinc box (plugged corner)« (1970) and the series of prints »wandering box« (1980). Beuys himself felt there was a connection between the empty box and the existential crisis he suffered in the mid-1950s.

Kunstmuseum Villa Zanders
Konrad-Adenauer-platz 8
51465 Bergisch Gladbach


Akademie-galerie – die neue sammlung. 

27 March to 20 June 2021

mataré + beuys + immendorff an encounter between the works of teacher and student

In spring 1947 Joseph Beuys became a student in the class of Ewald Mataré at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, and in 1951 he became a master student under Mataré. Beuys’ works from these years show that he engaged comprehensively and productively with the aesthetics taught by his teacher, especially with regard to religion, mythology and anthroposophy. Beuys later broke away from traditional notions of art and artistic-didactic concepts both in his actions and in his teaching . With its focus on early drawings, sculptures and woodcuts, this exhibition presents and analyses the proximity and disparity of Mataré and Beuys’ artistic roots. Encounters between the works of teacher and student reveal numerous aesthetic affinities and remarkable parallels in their spiritual lives. In addition, one exhibition room is devoted to works by Jörg Immendorff. In these works Immendorff, the 'Beuys knight' and future professor at the Kunstakademie, reflects on Beuys as a teacher and on his charismatic artistic persona.

Akademie-galerie – die neue sammlung

Burgplatz 1 

40213 Düsseldorf


k20 kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen

27 March to 15 August 2021

Everyone is an artist - cosmopolitan exercises with Joseph Beuys

This 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.

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.
k20 kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen

Grabbeplatz 5

40213 Düsseldorf


haus der universität at schadowplatz

12 April to 23 July 2021

I’m searching for the dumbest person  -Joseph Beuys and science

This lecture series brings together scholars and scientists from many fields with an interest in Joseph Beuys’s call to create the conditions for a new life that can sustain the kind of thinking that incorporates the principles of sculpture. Beuys’ universal plea for a revolution of concepts will be critically examined through the prism of disciplines ranging from physics to poetry, from economics to the law.

Directed by timo skrandies

Haus der Universität

Schadowplatz 14

40212 Düsseldorf


universitäts- und landesbibliothek düsseldorf

28 October 2021 to 20 January 2022

Anyone who doesn’t want to think will be thrown [throw themselves] out -Joseph Beuys and the shape of the future

The exhibition in the foyer of the university and state library Düsseldorf at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität focuses on Beuys’ boxing match for direct democracy through referendums. Beuys’ fight on 8 October 1972, the last day of Documenta 5, is symbolic of the physical attrition and absolute commitment without which, according to Beuys, nothing new can be created.
Visitors taking the exhibition tour in effect enter the ring for four rounds alongside the artist and thinker Joseph Beuys. The coalescence of Beuys’ artistic career and work, his art and his life, is mirrored in the boxing match. Analogies between boxing and Beuys’ lifelong fight will be explored using boxing terminology and selected objects, including items from the collection of the university and state library, thereby providing a new perspective on the work of one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. The fight for life and death, in the ring and in society, is a fight to shape the future.

universitäts- und landesbibliothek

Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Gebäude 21.02

Universitätsstr. 1

40225 Düsseldorf


deutsches theater berlin at düsseldorfer schauspielhaus

Spring 2021

Let them eat money  - which future?!

Are we capable of shaping society and our own future? The play  revolves around this question. For Andres Veiel, director of the award-winning film portrait of Joseph Beuys (Beuys, 2017), this stage play has a lot to do with this artist: "Beuys was an artist who looked ahead. He was already asking the right questions thirty years ago, because he thought his way into the political space."
On behalf of the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, Veiel and Jutta Doberstein developed the idea of posing Beuys’ questions once again and of addressing them in a "laboratory" set up as a form of social sculpture. In collaboration with institutes such as the Shell Futures Scenario department, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Humboldt Forum Foundation in the Berlin palace, they examined ways that the public, stakeholders and experts see, foresee – fear and shape – the future.

Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

Gustaf-Gründgens-platz 1

40211 Düsseldorf

Gustaf-Gründgens-platz in front of Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus

7 to 20 June 2021

Sculptural Democracy  - forms of the "we".

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Raumlaborberlin and the project team for "beuys 2021" will explore, discuss, revive, critically question and take forward the stimuli for the radical co-creation of democracy that Beuys developed and transmitted to others. For Beuys those stimuli culminated in his idea of a "university"; like figures such as Wilhelm von Humboldt and John Dewey before him, Beuys regarded the university as a model of society; Beuys then investigated this idea by setting up his own free International University (FIU) in 1973.
This jointly conceived, three-part project for "beuys 2021" will open with an action on Beuys’ birthday on 12 May 2021. Between April and June 2021 an experimental architecture will be created under the direction of Raumlaborberlin. This structure will be divided into three interlinked areas with space for (1) research and comparison (models), (2) discussion and negotiation (parliaments) and (3) communal being, working, thinking, eating and living (lab).

Public space in Düsseldorf

Tonhalle Düsseldorf
7 sep 2021

Concert.  Heiner Goebbels: A house of call - My imaginary notebook (2020/21)

The Beuys celebrations in 2021 could not pass by without special consideration being given to his impact on other art forms and on the work of artists today whose ideas, methods and themes would hardly have come about in their present form without his influence. The artist and composer Heiner Goebbels is inspired both by Beuys’ musical Fluxus actions and by the political and ecological dimensions of his art. Goebbels’ most recent orchestral work "A house of call. My imaginary notebook" has multiple connections with prominent themes in Beuys’ work: foreign voices from central Asia, Georgia and Iran are heard in this "lieder evening for orchestra" as are ritual language forms devised by Samuel Beckett and Heiner Müller, which are juxtaposed with shamanistic recitations by indigenous peoples in Colombia. As if executing secular responses, the whole orchestra reacts to these cries, utterances, prayers and incantations.

Tonhalle Düsseldorf

Ehrenhof 1

40479 Düsseldorf