"We have a duty to show the world what we have been able to achieve in our lives with our free, creative energy." Joseph Beuys. The Kunsthaus in Zurich is paying tribute to the German master.
12 May 2011 is the 90th anniversary of the birth of Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), one of the key figures in the artistic scenario of the last century. The Kunsthaus in Zurich is paying tribute to the German master by staging an important international event that forms an integral part of the exhibition entitled “Joseph Beuys – Difesa della Natura” (Joseph Beuys – Defense of Nature), curated by Lucrezia De Domizio Durini and Tobia Bezzola. This book marking the birthday of this German painter and sculptor, who was one of the most authoritative and innovative voices of post-war society, is also being published in English and German. The book, about 1,000 pages long, containing more than 200 illustrations from the historical archive of De Domizio Durini, describes the Living Sculpture which made Beuys famous, together with the historical background that is fundamental to comprehending his thinking and work. A vital tool for a better understanding of his teaching on the environment, nature and ecology. The book also recalls Beuys’ decisive role in the founding of the Green movement in Germany and emphasizes the on-going commitment of his output, which was geared to improving the human condition, as well as providing readers with an update on the new trends of the post-Beuys period.
“We have a duty to show the world what we have been able to achieve in our lives with our free, creative energy”. Joseph Beuys