EXHIBITIONS / Radical Teaching, Direct Democracy and Social Plastic: Joseph Beuys

05 March, 2021 - 23 May, 2021
La Virreina Centre de la Imatge, Barcelona
Curated:
Valentín Roma

Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, 1921 – Düsseldorf, 1986) embodies, perhaps unwillingly, some of the major dichotomies paired by art during the 20th century. A shaman and a clown, a torchbearer at dawn and a messenger at dusk, Beuys the man and his body of work present a three-fold challenge that is not always easy for contemporary spectators to grasp: how they should handle artists’ provocation; what temptations might lead them to cynicism; to what extent disorder reinvents the public sphere.

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