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Joseph Beuys

Image: Galerie Schenk / CC BY-SA (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)

Great Britain

STROUD, Gloucestershire
The Subscription Rooms
10th July 2021

“Joseph the Giant and the 7000 trees” 

A 30 minute long satirical fairy story performed using 2D cartoon cut-out style characters and scenery in an innovative form of puppet theatre. An entertaining, funny and enlightening show suitable for both adults and children alike. Like all good fairy tales there is a moral behind the story.
Weather and Covid permitting the play will take place on several occasions during the day outside the Sub Rooms (exact times to be decided).

In the play an itinerant giant, Joseph, comes across a stone barrier between two countries. He easily steps over the wall and encounters a land of prejudice, isolationism and environmental neglect - and there's not a tree in sight....The play is loosely based on Beuys’ environmental action “7000 Oaks, City Forestation instead of City Administration” which has now spread throughout the world.

The physical size of the theatre, which bears a similarity to a 'Punch and Judy' theatre, will naturally constrain the number of people who can attend a 'show’. A pay-what-you-can (£0 - £5) collection will be made. Between performances the presenters will be pleased to engage the audience in discussion about the points raised in the play.

The Subscription Rooms

George St

Stroud

GL5 1AE

https://thesubrooms.co.uk/

Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia

There are numerous events taking place in 2021 in the North Rhine-Westphalia region where Beuys was born, lived and worked. See the Press Release below:

Bedburg-Hau 

Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland
2.5.21 - 29.8.21
Joseph Beuys and the Shamans

The interdisciplinary exhibition Joseph Beuys and the Shamans shows for the first time works by Joseph Beuys together with ethnological objects from shamanic worlds from the circumpolar Eurasian region. In his early works, Joseph Beuys repeatedly addressed shamans and the contexts in which they operate. He also took on the role of the shaman, for example in actions, or used shamanic practices. For Beuys, the figure of the shaman embodies fundamental manifestations of spiritual relationships, the future-oriented idea of ​​transformation and wholeness. Eurasia as a spiritual space plays an important role in this. The ethnological presentation conveys a basic understanding of historical and contemporary indigenous shamanism and brings visitors closer to the historical and mythical shamanic worlds to which Beuys referred in many ways.

In addition to the exhibition theme, some contemporary artistic positions deal with the relevance of shamanisms in art and society in the western world as well as in the Eurasian region, not least against the background of existential, global issues.

More info here

Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland

Am Schloss 4

47551 Bedburg-Hau

Cologne

Galerie van der Grinten

23.1.21 - 23.3.21

“In Dialogue with Joseph Beuys”

An exhibition in association with the launch of a book “Beuys bleibt / Beuys – A Close Up” by German photographer Michael Ruetz, which sheds new light on the myth of Beuys.

Van der Grinten Galerie
Franz & Nadia van der Grinten
Gertrudenstr. 29
1st Floor / 1. Stock
50667 Köln

Kleve

Museum Kurhaus Kleve
16.5. - 12.9.21
Intuition!
To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Joseph Beuys' birth (1921-1986), the MKK will focus on its interest in the dimensions and contemporary contexts of the artist's early work. This period spans the time from his return from WWII up to his appointment as Professor for Monumental Sculpture at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art in 1961. These years, that leave their indelible mark on society, in art history as well as biographically, bring to light a multitude of topics relevant for an exhibition with whose aid a sensually perceptible and also critically-reflective approach to Beuys as a phenomenon of the century is opened up.

Museum Kurhaus Kleve
Ewald Mataré-Sammlung 

Tiergartenstraße 41
47533 Kleve

Stuttgart

Staatsgalerie 
26.3.2021 - July 18, 2021
Joseph Beuys. The space curator

On the occasion of Joseph Beuys' 100th birthday, the Staatsgalerie is dedicating an exhibition to the artist that deals with the ways in which his work is presented. The starting point is the Beuys room in the Staatsgalerie, which the artist furnished himself in 1984.  The room has remained unchanged to this day, so that visitors experience Beuys' original theme of the juxtaposition of two poles, the “chaotic-volitional” versus the “mental-formal”. There is a permanent flow of energy between the two, which, according to Beuys, should be transferred to the viewer and stimulate him to become aware of his own creative abilities in a social, spiritual or artistic form. 

Using photographs, films and objects, the exhibition traces Beuys' sensitive curation of his work in dealing with the viewer and the museum space.

 More info.
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart
Konrad-Adenauer-Str. 30 - 32
70173 Stuttgart

 02.07.2021   15:00 - 16:30 

 Neue Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Foyer

Cost: € 24.00 Reduced: € 22.00 

Darmstadt

Hessisches Landesmuseum 

12th May to 1st August 2021

Joseph Beuys. Ulysses

Joseph Beuys extends Ulysses by six more chapters." This is the title of a work that Joseph Beuys probably created between 1958 and 1961. It comprises six exercise books in A5 format and, with a total of 355 drawings, forms an exceptionally dense collection of drawings that is outstanding in the artist's work. The most differentiated lines and shapes can be found in pencil and sometimes in watercolors, which show the entire spectrum of the artist's world of ideas and drawing. Thanks to digitization and new presentation methods, it will be possible for the first time to visualize all 355 drawings in the six booklets. The exhibition offers visitors the unique opportunity to trace the cosmos that Beuys has saved in his six other chapters on James Joyce’s Ulysses. The author James Joyce and his Ulysses manuscript, which first appeared as a book in 1922, will also be featured in the exhibition.

More info

Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt
Karl Freund-Galerie
Friedensplatz 1
64283 Darmstadt

Duisburg

LEHMBRUCK MUSEUM

 June 26, 2021  to October 17, 2021

LEHMBRUCK – BEUYS EVERYTHING IS SCULPTURE

When Joseph Beuys was awarded the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize of the City of Duisburg in January 1986, a few days before his death, he surprised everyone present when, in a speech that has become legendary today, he thanked his “teacher” Wilhelm Lehmbruck. An illustration of one of Lehmbruck’s works triggered an initial spark in the young Beuys: “Everything is sculpture, this picture seemed to call out to me.”

Both artists, Lehmbruck as well as Beuys, were convinced that sculpture has the power not only to explain the world but to change it for the better. Lehmbruck and Beuys both believed that “everything is sculpture”. This is the motto of this exhibition dedicated to the artistic kinship between two of the most important artists of the 20th century.

More info

LEHMBRUCK MUSEUM

Friedrich-Wilhelm-Straße 40

47051 Duisburg

Bonn

Bundeskunsthalle

June 25th to October 31st, 2021

BEUYS -LEHMBRUCK THINKING IS PLASTIC

There are not many artists who have caused such a lasting upheaval in the history of art as Joseph Beuys. With his concept of social sculpture, he tried to transfer the liberal potential of art to all areas of life. A dissolution of the boundaries between art and society, politics, science and education was the focus of his considerations. In this way, Beuys created a new, expanded concept of art.

In 1986, just a few days before his death, Joseph Beuys received the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize. In his acceptance speech he emphasized the importance that the art of the expressionist sculptor had for him. He describes how the encounter with Lehmbruck's work led him to art in the first place and draws a connection through to the development of his own concept of social sculpture. The exhibition Beuys - Lehmbruck is going to mark the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys. Thinking is plastic according to this thought and is dedicated to the work of the two artists.

More info

Bundeskunsthalle 

Helmut-Kohl-Allee 4
53113 Bonn

Austria

Vienna

Belvedere 21

5.3.21 - 13.6.21

Joseph Beuys                Thinking. Acting. Mediating 

Beginning in the 1960s, Joseph Beuys developed new modes of thought that, in their complexity, continue to be relevant today. He achieved universal fame with his expanded definition of art and the concept of social sculpture. Art – according to Beuys' guiding principle – is meant to assert itself on the social, political, intellectual, and scientific level and thus become an integral part of our mindset and actions.

On the centenary of the exceptional artist's birth, his work is more relevant than ever.

The presentation at the Belvedere 21 also revolves around the concepts of thinking, acting, and mediating: While the main work, Honey Pump at the Workplace, stands as a symbolic representation of Joseph Beuys' creed that societal transformation can be achieved through art, Stag Monuments seemingly marks the new beginning of a shattered society. In addition, the exhibition also embraces works and documentation of Beuys' work in Vienna. Beuys took part in exhibitions, actions, and lectures in the city – mainly the Galerie nächst St. Stephan. He developed for this gallery, among other things, the environment Basisraum Nasse Wäsche (literally, Basic Room Wet Laundry).  In the exhibition, we find the sculptural as a vestige of the action, in the form of a documentary or as a “multiple.” The performance Eurasienstab 82 min fluxorum organum, which premiered in Vienna in 1967; the action How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare; and the long-running performance I Like America and America Likes Me convey the spirit of that time.
In his broad oeuvre, Joseph Beuys extensively examines topics of humanism, social philosophy, and anthroposophy. Especially these times of Covid-19, questions concerning the sensible use of resources have become acutely relevant. How can a community define itself outside of maximizing production, oversupply, and false notions of freedom? The work of Joseph Beuys offers food for thought on how to tackle the current challenges in the fields of art and cultural economy.

Text from:  https://www.belvedere.at/en/joseph-beuys

Belvedere 21 Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna