Here you find the very essence of Beuys' thinking about art and society.
Appeal for an Alternative
On 23rd December 1978 Joseph Beuys published his 'Appeal for an Alternative' in the newspaper Frankfurter Rundshau. Here he urged society to take a new path, a "third way," a way which lies between Capitalism and Socialism.
This has been widely cited as the manifesto for the future German Green Party (Cara Jordan)
Here is a translation by B. Kleer for CENTREFOLD Magazine, Toronto.
Joseph Beuys Heinrich Böll
Written in 1973, this manifesto was first published in English in an exhibition catalogue for the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. Joseph Beuys, “Manifesto on the Foundation of a ‘Free International School for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research’,” in Art into Society, Society into Art: Seven German Artists, ed. Caroline Tisdall (London: Institute of Contemporary Art, 1974)
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