lehmbruck – beuys.
everything is sculpture

exhibition
in cooperation with bundeskunsthalle bonn
lehmbruck museum
26 june to 17 october 2021
joseph beuys bei seiner rede anlässlich der verleihung des wilhelm-lehmbruck-preises der stadt duisburg, lehmbruck museum, 12. januar 1986
joseph beuys bei seiner rede anlässlich der verleihung des wilhelm-lehmbruck-preises der stadt duisburg, lehmbruck museum, 12. januar 1986

»i should like to thank my teacher, wilhelm lehmbruck. how could a man cause me to decide, once and for all, to devote myself to sculpture after i came across just a fragment of his work in the form of a photograph?«   joseph beuys, 1986a

is joseph beuys an artist? or is he a shaman, a reformer and political activist who has changed not only art, but society as a whole? the sight of a sculpture by wilhelm lehmbruck became a pivotal experience for the young beuys. both lehmbruck and beuys were convinced that art has the power not only to explain the world, but also to change it for the better. in keeping with beuys’s own maxim that »everything is sculpture«, this exhibition explores the special relationship between two of the most important german artists of the twentieth century.
»sculpture is the essence of things, the essence of nature, of that which is eternally human« – beuys took this insight of lehmbruck’s as the starting point for his social sculpture, which subsequently revolutionised the art of the twentieth century. ever since then, sculptural forming – making art – has not primarily referred to the shaping of materials but to the shaping of ideas, the shaping of the social fabric as a whole. the duisburg exhibition examines the progress of this future-oriented idea from its inception to the present day.

curated by söke dinkla and jessica keilholz-busch

 

parallel presentation
beuys – lehmbruck. thinking is sculpture
25 june to 31 october 2021
at the bundeskunsthalle, bonn

lehmbruck museum
Event Partner Address
friedrich-wilhelm-straße 40
47051 duisburg