Starting From Language
Joseph Beuys at 100

13.06.2021 to 19.09.2021
Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin

At the Munich Kammerspiele in 1985 Joseph Beuys contributed to the series Reden über das eigene Land: Deutschland (Lectures on One’s Country: Germany). In his lecture, Beuys pointed out that he develops his works “starting from language”. Beuys viewed language as the equal of sculptural means, a plastic material through which each individual could participate in a re-ordering of society with their body, mind, and communicative behavior. Beuys engages with a wide variety of linguistic phenomena, from silence to extended discussions, from beastly-sounding noises to precise conceptual analyses and enigmatic writings.

On the 100th anniversary of Beuys’ birth the Hamburger Bahnhof is making language the focus of an exhibition that encompasses sculptures, drawings, installations, films, posters and documents from the collections of the Nationalgalerie, the Sammlung Marx, the Kupferstichkabinett and the Kunstbibliothek – including the cycle The secret block for a secret person in Ireland and the installation Das Kapital Raum 1970–1977.

A special exhibition of the Nationalgalerie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Exberliner, rbb Kultur and tip Berlin are media partners of the exhibition.

Joseph Beuys, sich selbst, 1977, Postkarte, Edition Staeck, 10,5 x 14,8 cm
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek / Dietmar Katz
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