Gallery hours will be extended for a special viewing of the exhibitions Joseph Beuys & Antony Gormley
Please join us on Thursday 16 March, between 6–8pm, for a special evening of viewing of the exhibitions Joseph Beuys: 40 Years of Drawing and SENSE: Beuys / Gormley.
Presenting almost 100 works on paper from the Joseph Beuys family for the first time in the UK, Joseph Beuys: 40 Years of Drawing is the first major exhibition dedicated solely to the artist’s drawings to take place in London for 20 years. The drawings on view span the four decades of Beuys’s creative output; from the early representational works of the 1940s and 1950s to the conceptual sketches created from the mid-1960s that reflect the radical shift in his practice when drawings became integral devices related to the performances and sculptures he produced in the 1970s and 1980s.
Curated by Antony Gormley, SENSE: Beuys / Gormley places the artist's drawings in conversation with those by Joseph Beuys. Spanning three decades, from the 1950s to the mid-1970s, the selection of Beuys’s drawings illuminates the strong relationship that Gormley has developed with the German artist’s work. The presentation of Gormley’s own drawings, which date from 1984 to 2021, further highlights the two artists’ shared ground. What emerges is a joint interest in reconceptualising human relations with the natural world, social networks and the built environment.
Beuys and I found in drawing a fertile ground, which runs parallel to those actions that we have found necessary to make on and with the world. — Antony Gormley, 2022