music from the future
a 24-hour musical homage to joseph beuys

k21 kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen
18 to 19 sep 2021, 4 pm to 4 pm

»generally, and in principle, i am interested in music. but mainly in an acoustic, sonorous, tonal choreography of activities in my work and in a choreography of the world.«  joseph beuys, 1979

a 24-hour musical tribute to Joseph Beuys will take place on 18/19 september 2021 at k21 in düsseldorf. 24 musicians honour beuys as a ground-breaking artist, who regarded music as an important component in his visual thinking and whose concept of expanded art significantly affected the course of music. the point of departure for this homage is beuys’s longstanding interest in the work and thinking of french composer erik satie: 24 musicians from different disciplines, nations, and generations will present a relay performance of erik satie’s »vexations« for piano. each will play for an hour before handing over to the next performer. the 24 players are not exclusively professional pianists, there are also visual artists, curators, school pupils. This event, as plastic as it is polyphonic, takes its lead from Beuys’s own transformative, deeply human approach to his work. it asks, with beuys, how music today, how art today can contribute to social renewal. 

parallel to the concert, in salon 21 (access through the archives dorothee and konrad fischer) for 24 hours the film »joseph beuys, rannoch moor« (also: »kinloch rannoch«) from 1970 will be shown in a loop (camera: mark littlewood, 16-mm film, black and white, 31 min.).

artistic director: matthias osterwold



pianists playing:


4 pm Sabine Liebner (München)

5 pm  Raffael Seyfried (Düsseldorf)

6 pm Cornelia Blume (Ribnitz-Damgarten)

7 pm Theo Pauß (cologne)

8 pm José Andrés Navarro Silberstein (cologne)

9 pm Claudia Chan (cologne)

10 pm Thomas Bächli (Berlin)

11 pm Hsin-Huei Huang (Wien)



0 am Benjamin Kobler (Hürth)

1 am Ari Benjamin Meyers (Berlin)

2 am Matthias Osterwold (Berlin)

3 am Sun-Young Nam (Darmstadt)

4 am Heloisa Amaral (Brüssel)

5 am Moena Katsufuji (Essen)

6 am Makiko Nishikaze (Berlin)

7 am Gordon Kampe (Hamburg)

8 am Ying Yu (Essen)

9 am Caetano Ruin (Bochum)

10 am Mirela Zhulali (Essen)

11 am Marlene Matthes (Mülheim/Ruhr)

12 am Frederike Möller (Düsseldorf)

1 pm Ulrike Groos (Stuttgart)

2 pm Paulo Alvares (cologne)

3 pm Heather O’Donnell (düsseldorf)



the concert could take place with the kind support of steinway & sons.


k21 kunstsammlung nordrhein-westfalen
Event Partner Address
ständehausstraße 1
40217 düsseldorf