Joseph Beuys only embarked on his artistic career after he had completed his studies in medicine and also his service with the German Air Force during WWII. In 1946 he pursued sculpture at the Düsseldorf Academy, where he became a teacher himself in the early 1960s. This position proved crucial for Beuys. He found the passing on of ideas at least as important as actually creating works of art. Beuys, however, made conceptual work and also engaged in performances in which he explained his view on art and the world. He combined his ideas and theories under the term 'Soziale Plastik' (social sculpture). In this context, Beuys' famous statement is also befitting: "Jeder ist ein Künstler." ("Everybody is an artist.").
year and place of birth: 1921-05-12, Krefeld, Germany
whereabouts: d. 1986, Düsseldorf, Germany
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Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 196813.09 until 15.03.2015
Starting in September, the S.M.A.K. is presenting an exhibition entitled Collection Study III: Art in Europe after 1968.
ENSEMBLEMATIC15.09 until 10.02.2013
In ENSEMBLEMATIC, S.M.A.K. presents several of its most notable ensembles.
Collection presentation on video23.06 until 19.08.2012
For this exhibition, S.M.A.K. has looked into the video archives that are part of the museum collection.
man. Story of a Wound16.09 until 19.11.2006
The controversial project EPIFANIE will now be followed by a fascinating exhibition, man, the Story of a Wound from 16 to 19 November 2006.
We Humans are Free: From the Collection of S.M.A.K., Museum of Contemporary Art, Ghent29.04 until 31.08.2006
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister-city relationship between the cities of Kanazawa and Ghent, about 70 works by 11 artists selected from the collection of S.M.A.K., are shown at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in ...
Barrio - Beuys02.07 until 11.09.2005
The Barrio–Beuys exhibition presents the work of Joseph Beuys (b.1921 Krefeld – d.1986 Dusseldorf) and Artur Barrio (b.1945, Portugal) for the first time in an ‘imaginary dialogue’.