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Starting From Language. Joseph Beuys at 100

13 June 2021 00:00 - 19 September 2021 00:00

On the 100th anniversary of Beuys’ birth the Hamburger Bahnhof is making language the focus of an exhibition that encompasses sculptures, drawings, installations, films, posters and documents from the collections of the Nationalgalerie, the Sammlung Marx, the Kupferstichkabinett and the Kunstbibliothek

At the Munich Kammerspiele in 1985 Joseph Beuys contributed to the series Reden über das eigene Land: Deutschland (Lectures on One’s Country: Germany). In his lecture, Beuys pointed out that he develops his works “starting from language”. Beuys viewed language as the equal of sculptural means, a plastic material through which each individual could participate in a re-ordering of society with their body, mind, and communicative behavior. Beuys engages with a wide variety of linguistic phenomena, from silence to extended discussions, from beastly-sounding noises to precise conceptual analyses and enigmatic writings.

More info: www.smb.museum/en/exhibitions/detail/starting-from-language/

Photo: Joseph Beuys, Richtkräfte einer neuen Gesellschaft, 1974–1977, Schultafeln mit Kreide beschriftet, 100-teilig, Staffeleien, 3-teilig, Spazierstock (braun gefasst), Lichtkasten mit Foto, Holzpodest mit Bemalung, 228,5 × 1186 × 521 cm, erworben 1976 durch das Land Berlin © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie / Mathias Völzke

Starting From Language. Joseph Beuys at 100
Hamburger Bahnhof


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