Joseph Beuys. Perpetual Motion.
28 March to 20 June 2021
Joseph Beuys’s maxim “Every human being is an artist” redefined the boundaries of art. He devoted his creative energies to finding a way of involving all human beings in the realization of a fair society. For Beuys every work of art was a way of advancing human knowledge and understanding – and a test bed for his own far-reaching ideas. He often developed works during the course of public discussions and Actions.
When Beuys delivered one of his unorthodox lectures on the dynamic continuum of life and art at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in 1972, his words and performance were an inspiration for the then 23-year-old student Tony Cragg and continued to influence Cragg’s engagement with the core topics of matter and movement. In honour of Beuys’s 100th birthday Cragg has selected 20 exhibits from the collections of some of Beuys’s most important fellow travelleres. These works, in conjunction with a series of lectures, pave the way for an in-depth re-examination of Beuys’s art. The exhibits enter into dialogue with each other and could be described – in the Beuysian sense – as a battery filled with energy, a reservoir of potential and ideas.
Curated by Dr. Corinna Thierolf and Tony Cragg, with curatorial assistance from Cora Faßbender.
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founded by Tony Cragg. The Wuppertal-based artist, whose works are exhibited in the world’s most prestigious museums, has fulfilled a long-held dream by transforming the abandoned Villa Waldfrieden and its park into an exhibition centre for sculpture.
The extensive park surrounding Villa Waldfrieden contains a steadily growing collection of sculptures by Tony Cragg, as well as many other renowned modern and contemporary artists. The characteristic topography of the grounds and their proximity to the city make them ideal for exhibiting sculptures within a constantly changing landscape. However, due to its hilly terrain, the park offers only limited access for the disabled.
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