beuys 2021. 100 years of joseph beuys

A project of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia in collaboration with the heinrich-heine-universität düsseldorf under the direction of Prof. Dr. Eugen Blume and Dr. Catherine Nichols


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picture credits (homepage)
photos © caroline tisdall



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text credits (homepage)


»how do you become a revolutionary?« Joseph Beuys in conversation with Caroline Tisdall, September/October 1978, cited by Eva Beuys, Wenzel Beuys, Atlantis. Joseph Beuys: 3 Aktionen 1964–1965, Joseph Beuys Medien-Archiv / Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof / Museum für Gegenwart Berlin (Göttingen 2008), p. 68.


»but what is capital?« Joseph Beuys, lV,23 »Blatt 6«, 1978, 29,7 x 21 cm, Manuscript of »Kunst und Staat«, lecture, givcen on 12 January 1978, 3. Bitburger Gespräche, in Joseph Beuys, Das Geheimnis der Knospe zarter Hülle. Texte 1941–1986, ed. Eva Beuys (Munich 2000), p. 235.


»i´m a pretty fierce hare« Joseph Beuys in conversation with Birgit Lahann, in Lahann, »›Ich bin ein ganz scharfer Hase‹. Joseph Beuys, Deutschlands bekanntester und umstrittenster Künstler, wird 60«, in Stern, vol. 34, issue 19, 30 April 1981, pp. 77–82, 250–253, here p. 77.


»democracy is funny« Joseph Beuys, Demokratie ist lustig, 1973, silkscreen printing on cardboard, with handwritten Text, 75 x 114,5 cm, Edition Staeck, Heidelberg, catalogue raisonné No. 68.


»the cause lies in the future« Joseph Beuys in conversation with Georg Jappe, 11 February 1985, in Kunstnachrichten, vol. 21, issue 3, May 1985, p. 23.


»i´m a transmitter, i radiate!« Joseph Beuys, on the occasion of DER CHEF THE CHIEF, 1964, cited by Götz Adriani, Winfried Konnertz and Karin Thomas, Joseph Beuys. Leben und Werk (cologne 1973), p. 72.


»and in the end this utopian goal will be reached« Joseph Beuys in conversation with Friedhelm Mennekes, 30 March 1984, in Mennekes, Joseph Beuys. Christus denken / Thinking Christ (Stuttgart 1996), p. 45.


text credits (project pages)


[Joseph Beuys, 1969a] joseph beuys, trans. from georg jappe, »fond lll von joseph beuys«, in frankfurter allgemeine zeitung, 11.02.1969.


[Joseph Beuys, 1969b] joseph beuys in conversation with f. w. heubach, »joseph beuys zur idealen akademie«, trans. from interfunktionen 2, ed. f. w. heubach (cologne 1969), pp. 59–63, p. 62.


[Joseph Beuys, 1969c] joseph beuys, 1969, trans. from petra richter, mit, neben, gegen. die schüler von joseph beuys (düsseldorf 2000), p. 80.


[Joseph Beuys, 1970a] joseph beuys, participating in a panel discussion, »ende offen. kunst und antikunst« with max bense, max bill, arnold gehlen and wieland schmied, 27 january 1970, trans. from birgit stöckmann (ed.), provokation, lebensstoff der gesellschaft, kunst und antikunst (cologne 2003), p. 47.


[Joseph Beuys, 1970b] joseph beuys, poster for direct democracy referendum, düsseldorf, 1970.


[Joseph Beuys, 1975] joseph beuys, 1975, joseph beuys and frans haks, »interview with joseph beuys«, Museum in Motion? The Modern Art Museum at Issue, ed. Carel Blotkamp (’s-Gravenhage 1979), p. 184.


[Joseph Beuys, 1978a] joseph beuys in conversation with gerd courts, in »›ich bin mit schafen groß geworden‹. beuys über demokratie, geld und nahrungsmittel. das tischgespräch«, kölner stadt-anzeiger, 07.01.1978.


[Joseph Beuys, 1978b] joseph beuys, 23 march 1978 in achberg, trans. from joseph beuys. kunst = kapital, achberger vorträge, ed. rainer e. rappmann (wangen/allgäu 1992), pp. 91 f.


[Joseph Beuys, 1981] joseph beuys in conversation with erika billeter, march 1981, in mythos und ritual in der kunst der 70er jahre, exh. cat. kunsthaus zürich (zurich 1981), p. 89. english version in bettina funcke, pop or populus: art between high and low, trans. warren niesluchowski (cologne 2008), p. 92.


[Joseph Beuys, 1983] joseph beuys, 2 march 1983, trans. from 7000 eichen. joseph beuys, ed. fernando groener and rose-maria kandler (cologne 1987), p. 201.


[Joseph Beuys, 1984] joseph beuys, interview with peter brügge, 1984, in peter brügge, ›die mysterien finden im hauptbahnhof statt. spiegel interview with joseph beuys on anthroposophy and the future of humankind‹, in der spiegel, 23, 4 june 1984, p. 179. trans. into english as ›mysteries happen in the main railway station‹, in joseph beuys editions: the collection of reinhard schlegel, ed. heiner bastian (edinburgh 1999), p. 35.


[Joseph Beuys, 1985a] joseph beuys, trans. from ›kunst und politik‹, conversation between joseph beuys and michael ende, 1985, chaired by rainer rappmann, cited in »beuys«, directed by andres veiel, germany 2017.


[Joseph Beuys, 1985b] joseph beuys, in conversation with enzo cucchi, anselm kiefer and jannis kounellis, 28 october 1985, in basel, trans. from ein gespräch/una discussione. joseph beuys, jannis kounellis, anselm kiefer, enzo cucchi, ed. jacqueline burckhardt, 2nd edn, zurich 1986, p. 109.


[Joseph Beuys, 1985c] joseph beuys, in conversation with enzo cucchi, anselm kiefer and jannis kounellis in basel, 28 october 1985, trans. from ein gespräch/una discussione. joseph beuys, jannis kounellis, anselm kiefer, enzo cucchi, ed. jacqueline burckhardt, 2nd edn (zurich 1986), p. 146.


[Joseph Beuys, 1985d] joseph beuys in conversation with georg jappe (1985), trans. from »am klavier joseph beuys«, in kunst nachrichten, 3 may 1985, pp. 72–76, here p. 74.


[Joseph Beuys, 1986a] joseph beuys, »mein dank an lehmbruck«, 1986, in beuys, mein dank an lehmbruck. eine rede (munich 2006), p. 11. english version in wilhelm lehmbruck, trans. timothy nevill, exh. cat. michael werner gallery (new york 1992), unpaginated.


[Joseph Beuys, 1986b] joseph beuys, »mein dank an lehmbruck« 1986, in beuys, mein dank an lehmbruck. eine rede (munich 2006), p. 19. english version in wilhelm lehmbruck, trans. timothy nevill, exh. cat. michael werner gallery (new york 1992), unpaginated. 


[Joseph Beuys, 1986c] joseph beuys cited by günter ulbricht in a conversation with dirk stemmler, 1986, cited in joseph beuys. die multiples, ed. katharina schmidt, beuys stiftung ulbricht im kunstmuseum bonn, bonn 1992, p. 9. english version in eugen blume, »joseph beuys multiple message«, in joseph beuys: the schlegel collection of multiples, exh. cat. mitchell-innes & nash (new york 2015), p. 5.


[Ute Klophaus, 1985] ute klophaus, trans. from klophaus, sein und bleiben. photographie zu joseph beuys, exh. cat. bonner kunstverein (bonn 1986), p. 5


[Tomas Schmit, 1988] tomas schmit in conversation with uwe m. schneede, berlin, 22 november 1988, trans. from uwe m. schneede, joseph beuys. die aktionen (ostfildern-ruit 1994), p. 86.


[andres veiel, 2017] andres veiel in conversation with deutsche presse-agentur, 2017, trans. from: »andres veiel: beuys stellte die richtigen fragen«, kölner stadt-anzeiger, 14.02.2017.



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