Estructura / International Art 1946-1980 / JOSEPH BEUYS

The collection related to the German artist Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, 1921–Düsseldorf, 1986) is composed of almost 4,000 items, including photographs, posters, multiples, pamphlets, invitations and postcards, among others, which document part of his body of work and some of his artistic and political activity. The posters and invitations allow you to trace his exhibitions, conferences and events held across Europe, the United States and Japan.

Among the photographs from the time are those documenting the works Manresa (1966), 1.a Gebratene Fischgräte (1970), Barraque d’Dull Odde (1971), Videodoppel. Celtic + Basel (1971), Honigpumpe am Arbeitsplatz (1979), Ohne die Rose… (1979), 7000 Eichen in Kasel (1982), Der Chef (1985), Eurasia (1985), Ausfegen (1985), and the box Output (1978), with images taken by photographers such as Bernd Jansen, Jürgen Müller-Schneck, Buby Durini, Renate von Forster and Werner Krüger, among others.

Beuys channelled his political concerns into the creation of various political parties, which, over time, laid the groundwork for the current German Green Party. Archivo Lafuente brings together materials from the time ranging from the statutes and programme of the Organisation für direkte Demokratie durch Volksabstimmung, to the memos and political pamphlets that were distributed or sent by post in order for their political messages to reach the population. Finally, the collection also boasts an extensive international bibliography on the life and work of Beuys, with published titles from the sixties to the present day.

The various documents and works in this collection include, as an example, Beuys (1967), Intuition (1968), Künstlerpost (1969), Rose für direkte Demokratie (1973?), 3-Tonnen-Edition (1973–1985?) and Pflasterstein (1975?).

 



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