»if you have all of my multiples, then you have me completely.« joseph beuys 1986c
beuys was a magnificent draughtsman and sculptor and an artist whose ultimate aim was to shape society as a whole. his multiples, which were intended to bring homeopathic doses of his thinking into every household, served him to this end. between 1965 and 1986 he created 556 multiples, of which more than 400 are part of the collection of kunstmuseum bonn. ranging from bags of dried hare’s blood to political manifestos, these works reflect his thinking and his art. the multiples lead to the centre of his oeuvre as a whole.
the social, ecological and existential questions, raised in beuys’s works underpin the great topicality of his art. his works are signposts for a society in need of reform, which requires lateral thinkers like beuys. there is growing interest in his art, especially among the younger generation of artists and researchers: beuys is contemporary! the exhibition draws on the kunstmuseum’s multiples and presents them alongside current artistic positions. thus, the historical view of beuys’s work is also a preview of what is to come.
curated by stefanie kreuzer and christoph schreier