»i use this figure [the shaman] to express something about the future, by saying that the shaman once had stood for something that had been able to create a unity of material as well as spiritual connections.« joseph beuys, 1981a
in his early works joseph beuys repeatedly focused on shamans and on the contexts in which they operate. in a number of actions he either assumed the role of the shaman or drew on shamanic practices. for beuys, eurasia was a spiritual space that stood for the reconciliation of opposites such as reason and intuition.
this ethnological exhibition highlights fundamental aspects of historical and contemporary indigenous shamanism and of the shamanic worlds that beuys so often referred to.
it will also include work by contemporary artists such as marcus coates, lili fischer, anatol donkan and igor sacharow-ross, demonstrating the relevance of the topic of shamanism to the current artistic discourse with its particular interest in social issues and ecology.
curated by barbara strieder and ulrike bohnet