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Joseph Beuys in 1986 accepting the Wilhelm Lehmbruck prize at the Lehmbruck Museum, Duigsburg. Photo: Britta Lauer
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The major art anniversaries to look out for in 2021

January 1, 2021

Joseph Beuys

It is difficult to overstate the influence of Joseph Beuys both on the landscape of post-war art and on contemporary artists working today. In the 1970s he developed the concept known as ‘social sculpture’: the theory that everybody is capable of making art, and that art can play an integral role in shaping our society. One hundred years after his birth in the western German city of Krefeld, this and Beuys’s other ideas about art and politics are being explored in Beuys 2021, a season of exhibitions, seminars and other events in 20 institutions across 12 cities in Germany.

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