»during my studies when i had already set off on my journey, i had to devote myself to far-reaching questions leading on from the listening element in lehmbruck's sculptures, and from their meditative aspects and the purpose of the thought involved, in order to arrive at a completely new theory of sculptural creativity in the future. when i thought of sculptural form which could comprehend both physical and spiritual material i was absolutely driven by the idea of social sculpture.« joseph beuys, 1986b
in 1986, just a few days before his death, beuys was awarded the wilhelm lehmbruck prize. in his acceptance speech, he stressed the importance the art of the expressionist sculptor wilhelm lehmbruck had for him. marking the 100th birthday of joseph beuys, the exhibition »beuys – lehmbruck. thinking is sculpture« explores this connection and presents the work of these two artists.
there are not many artists who caused as radical an upheaval in the history of art as joseph beuys. this exhibition brings together a series of key works by beuys and presents them alongside some of wilhelm lehmbruck’s most important sculptures. the focus of the exhibition, however, is not on stylistic or formal similarities, instead, it seeks to shed light on a single pivotal question: what is the revolutionary potential of art in the context of its time?
curated by johanna adam
lehmbruck – beuys. everything is sculpture
26 june – 1 november 2021
at the lehmbruck museum, duisburg