beuys, fluxus and the impact.
the festival of new art in aachen

symposium
ludwig forum für internationale kunst and chair of art history at rwth aachen
june 2021
joseph beuys at the »festival of new art« at the rwth aachen on 20 july 1964
joseph beuys at the »festival of new art« at the rwth aachen on 20 july 1964

»fluxus is an attitude, not a product!« ben vautier

the name joseph beuys is indelibly associated with an incident at the »festival of new art« on 20 july 1964 in the main lecture hall – the audimax – of the rwth technical university in aachen. a performance by beuys took a dramatic turn when an agitated student landed a punch on his nose, drawing blood, and the event was abruptly called to a halt. photographs taken that evening have become part of our collective memory, even if few people nowadays are fully aware of the circumstances.
the symposium to be held in aachen during »beuys 2021« will focus on the relationship between joseph beuys and the fluxus movement in the wake of that festival in aachen. participants will critically examine that situation over fifty years ago in light of its importance to art, politics and society today, with particular reference to works by contemporary artists. 
presented in cooperation with the chair of art history, this two-day symposium will welcome numerous expert speakers to the audimax (the original festival venue) and to the ludwig forum aachen.

curated by myriam kroll and annette lagler

ludwig forum für internationale kunst
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jülicher straße 97–109
52070 aachen
chair of art history at RWTH Aachen
Event Partner Address
schinkelstraße 1
52056 aachen