Joseph Beuys. Think. Act. Convey.
Why did Joseph Beuys carry out his action EURASIENSTAB in Vienna? Should 7000 Oaks also have been planted here? And why should wet laundry constantly hang in Palais Liechtenstein? Joseph Beuys’s relationships to the Austrian capital, the actions he carried out here, the spatial installations he set up, exhibitions, lectures, and discussion groups are investigated in the current publication on the pioneering artist’s 100th birthday.
With the expanded concept of art, Beuys not only significantly shaped the art after 1945; his oeuvre also has an unwavering relevance today. His striving for social change through responsible, actively participating citizens is more urgent than ever in times of a pandemic, climate change, and threatened democracies. Beuys’s ecological awareness, the aspect of audience participation, and addressing an unlimited public in his works are contemporary, and of vital importance for the future of the museum as an institution.