Image: Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys, Scheveningen, 1974, photo: Caroline Tisdall
Museum Exhibitions

Joseph Beuys "Everyone Is an Artist." Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys

27 March—15 August 2021
K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf

As a draftsman, sculptor, teacher, politician, and activist, as well as action and installation artist, Joseph Beuys (1921, Krefeld – 1986, Düsseldorf) fundamentally changed the art of the twentieth century. His influence can still be felt today in artistic and political discourses. His centennial in 2021 is an occasion to rediscover, appreciate, and critically question both his complex work and his international appeal.

The exhibition provides profound insight into the cosmopolitical thinking of Joseph Beuys as manifested in his actions. For here – as an acting, speaking, and moving figure – Beuys examined the central and radical idea of his expanded concept of art: »Everyone is an artist«. The goal of his universalist approach was to renew society from the ground up.

In the exhibition, contemporary artists, along with representatives from the most diverse areas of society, enter into a multi-layered, transcultural dialogue with Beuys. From today’s perspective, they confirm, question, and expand his theses on the possibilities of a future conceived in terms of art.

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