On the occasion of Joseph Beuys' 100th birthday, the Staatsgalerie is dedicating an exhibition to the artist, which deals with the way he presented his work. The starting point is the Beuys room in the Staatsgalerie, which the artist furnished himself in 1984. The exhibition traces Beuys' sensitive curating of his work in dealing with the viewer and the museum space and includes a comprehensive bundle of photographs by Lothar Wolleh, who accompanied Beuys at his first exhibition abroad in 1971.
Joseph Beuys was a charismatic artist with a creative will that did not stop at the borders of institutions and museums. His actions therefore often took place outside the museum, because ultimately he was concerned with shaping society through art. When Beuys nevertheless worked in museum spaces, he appropriated the spaces in a way that radically broke with the conventions of the institution.
On the occasion of Joseph Beuys' 100th birthday, the Staatsgalerie is dedicating an exhibition to the artist, which deals with the way he presented his work.
Beuys' presentations aimed at a new relationship between work, viewer and museum space. He is essentially concerned with dissolving the distance between the work and the viewer by allowing the visitor to become part of the work by walking around objects and entering installations. The museum space is transformed into a framework carefully staged by Beuys for this experience of immediacy and participation.
The exhibition also uses photographs, film recordings and objects to trace Beuys' sensitive work between the work, the viewer and the museum space.
Previously unpublished photographs by Lothar Wolleh from January 1971, when Beuys was setting up his first foreign exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, are being published for the first time.