Friday, 27 May 2011

Joseph Beuys, vitrines, politics

Joseph Beuys lecturing at the 1980 Edinburgh Festival

"Filled with with urban detritus, the vitrine memorializes the remains of a 1972 action performed by Beuys in Berlin following the left-wing May Day demonstration; he and two students used a red broom to sweep up the rubbish in Karl-Marx-Platz." (Barron, 2009)

In 1960s Joseph Beuys satirised the Wall by suggesting that it should be raised by 5cm "for better proportion" [Tate Modern, 2011].

Barron, Stephanie. (2009) "Blurred Boundaries: The Art of Two Germanys between Myth and History" in Art of Two Germanys: Cold War Cultures, pp.12-33. 
Curiger, B. & Whiteread, R. (2010) The Process of Drawing is Like Writing a Diary" [Online]
Tate Modern [2011] Track 6: Lightning with Stag in its Glare, Beuys and the Berlin Wall. [Online]