»actually [marcel duchamp] should have said, if it is possible to take the result of human work out of the world of the division of labour and to put the result of human work into the museum, and it becomes art, he should have simply said – as i cleverly did: so everyone is an artist.« joseph beuys, 1978b
this exhibition will be the first large-scale juxtaposition of the work of joseph beuys with that of marcel duchamp (1887–1968). beuys repeatedly referred to his »challenger« duchamp, not least in the action »das schweigen von marcel duchamp wird überbewertet« [the silence of marcel duchamp is overrated]. yet there are in fact deep links and connections between these two artists, which, for all the dissimilarity of their work, can be seen in many themes and aspects of their art. this exhibition will not be purely retrospective, but will review their work from today’s perspective and shed new light on the forward-looking potential of the radical, interdisciplinary strategies of both artists. the dialogue between these two protagonists also raises fundamental questions regarding the role of art in daily life and in society as a whole.
curated by magdalena holzhey (kunstmuseen krefeld) and kornelia röder (duchamp-forschungszentrum, schwerin)