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Beuys at 100 – The Legacy of a Legend

Armed with fat and felt, Joseph Beuys revolutionized the art scene in the 1960s. He viewed art as something that could transform politics and society. Celebrated and controversial - what is Beuys's legacy today?

Beuys: Art icon with hat and fishing vest

He was the most famous German artist of his time. Professor, shaman and eco-activist: in 2021 Joseph Beuys is still larger than life, and he is being celebrated with countless exhibitions. Time to reconsider his works and his legacy.

 

Palas por pistolas: With the weapons of art

Very hip and highly political: Pedro Reyes wants to make a difference with his art. The Mexican artist transforms weapons confiscated from drug cartels into musical instruments. A Mexican take on the spirit of Joseph Beuys.

 

Beuys: Big in Japan?

'Eurasia' was Joseph Beuys’s vision of a world unbounded. Yet quite little is known about the artist's 1984 visit to Japan. A Goethe-Institut project traces the impact of that trip, bringing together Beuys, Nam June Paik and contemporary Asian art.

 

Beuys + Cragg: Sculpture as a political act

Tony Cragg first met Beuys in London, when he was in his early 20s. He was fascinated by the charismatic German. Today, the British sculptor is a leader in his field. An encounter in the Sculpture Park Waldfrieden with Tony Cragg and works by Beuys.

 

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