Exhibitions

Joseph Beuys – Art for Everyone

Multiples and Prints from the Collection
8 May to 24 October 2021

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986) on 12 May 2021, the Kunsthalle zu Kiel will be showing works by the artist from its collection.

Beuys is considered one of the most significant but also most controversial artists of the 20th century. Through his art, he wanted to create a better society for everyone. Because, according to Beuys: “What’s the point of art if nothing comes of it?”. Publicity was therefore a central part of his artistic work. Exhibitions and ‘actions’, as well as numerous television appearances and lecture tours pay witness to this. Beuys’ numerous multiples – small art objects of which many copies were produced – occupy a special position in his work. Beuys put these works at the service of democratising art, because at the time when they were made, (almost) anyone could afford to buy them. His multiples contributed significantly to his popularity and fame.

The showcase exhibition will present important multiples such as the Rose für direkte Demokratie (Rose for Direct Democracy, 1973), Kunst = Kapital (Art=Capital, 1980) and Rhein Water Polluted (1981). Prints such as the series Spur I (Trace I, 1974) will also be on display. The photographic series Output (1978) by Werner Krüger shows Beuys in action and documents how he cultivated his image with his signature hat and fishing vest.

Joseph Beuys, Rose für direkte Demokratie, 1973 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Sönke Ehlert
Joseph Beuys, Rose für direkte Demokratie, 1973 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Foto: Sönke Ehlert