Starting From Language

Joseph Beuys at 100



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In a 1985 series of “Lectures on one’s own country: Germany”, given at the Munich Kammerspiele, Joseph Beuys said that he developed his work “from language.” He regarded language as equal to visual art-a flexible material through which every individual could physically, intellectually, and communicatively participate in the process of re-ordering society. His exploration of language ranges from silence to hours of debate, from animal sounds to precise discussions of concepts and puzzling writings. Accordingly, the chapters are divided into the themes of “silence,” “sounds,” “concepts,” “writing,” “mystery,” “legends,” and “speech.” Both exhibition and catalogue assemble sculptures, drawings, installations, films, posters, and documents from the Nationalgalerie, the Sammlung Marx, the Kupferstichkabinett, and the Art Library of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Texts by: Claudia Ehgartner, Barbara Gronau, Kolja Kohlhoff, Maja Naef, Stefan Ripplinger, Nina Schallenberg, Holger Schulze, Tobias Vogt, Matthias WeiƟ, and Wiese.

Additional information

Weight 908 g
Dimensions 20.6 x 27.1 cm
Publisher name Hatje Cantz Verlag
Publication date 23 November 2021
Number of pages 208
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 20.6 x 27.1 cm
Weight 908 g


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JOSEPH BEUYS (1921-1986) was a draftsman, sculptor, action and installation artist, a teacher, a politician, and an activist, as well as one of the twentieth century's most important artists. Dealing with questions of humanism, social philosophy, anthropology, his universally applied work remains influential to this day.