Filme von und mit Joseph Beuys

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Joseph Heinrich Beuys war ein deutscher Aktionskünstler, Bildhauer, Zeichner, Kunsttheoretiker und Professor an der Kunstakademie Düsseldorf.

Beuys setzte sich in seinem umfangreichen Werk mit Fragen des Humanismus, der Sozialphilosophie und Anthroposophie auseinander. Dies führte zu seiner spezifischen Definition eines „erweiterten Kunstbegriffs“ und zur Konzeption der Sozialen Plastik als Gesamtkunstwerk, in dem er Ende der 1970er Jahre ein kreatives Mitgestalten an der Gesellschaft und in der Politik forderte. Er gilt bis heute weltweit als einer der bedeutendsten Künstler des 20. Jahrhunderts und war ein „idealtypischer Gegenspieler“ zu Andy Warhol. (Wikipedia)

Wir haben eine kleine Sammlung von nicht ganz so bekannten Filmen des Künstlers zusammen gestellt, die teilweise in Englisch sind um auch ein wenig von der internationalen Rezeption zu rezepieren.

Joseph Beuys – Sonne statt Reagan (1982)

Ein echter Gassenhauer aus einer Zeit, die sich kaum verändert hat.

Joseph Beuys – Japanische Whiskey Werbung

Übersetzung: Alle Künstler sind besoffene Trottel. Wenn Du auch einer bist, hab zumindest etwas Klasse.

Filz TV (1970)

I Like America And America Likes Me (1974)

“Art historian Uwe Schneede considers this performance pivotal for the reception of German avantgarde art in the U.S.A., it paved the way for the recognition of Beuys’ own work, but also that of contemporaries such as Lüpertz, Baselitz, Kiefer and many others in the 1980s. In May 1974 Beuys flew to New York and was taken by ambulance to the site of the performance, a room in the René Block Gallery on East Broadway. Beuys lay on the ambulance stretcher swathed in felt. He shared this room with a wild coyote, for eight hours over three days. At times he stood, wrapped in a thick, grey blanket of felt, leaning on a large shepherd’s staff. At times he lay on the straw, at times he watched the coyote as the coyote watched him and cautiously circled the man, or shredded the blanket to pieces, and at times he engaged in symbolic gestures, such as striking a large triangle or tossing his leather gloves to the animal; the performance continuously shifted between elements that were required by the realities of the situation, and elements that had purely symbolic character. At the end of the three days, Beuys hugged the coyote that had grown quite tolerant of him, and was taken to the airport. Again he rode in a veiled ambulance, leaving America without having set foot on its ground. As Beuys later explained: ‘I wanted to isolate myself, insulate myself, see nothing of America other than the coyote.”
(Wikipedia)

Joseph Beuys – Transformer

In TRANSFORMER (60 min.) one of the greatest legends of contemporary art, avant-garde German artist Joseph Beuys, speaks in great depth for the first and last time, about his unique sculpture and actions. Filmed on location at his spectacular 1979 New York Guggenheim Museum exhibition, Beuys leads the viewer through a private tour of his personal life and its relationship to his controversial works, aesthetic and political theories and actions. We experience how his life changed when the Russians shot down his German fighter plane during World War II and hear his philosophy and candid opinions about mankind, ecology and the state of the world. In the documentary, Beuys takes film director John Halpern on a journey through his artworks, as he personally installs and narrates the most complete and intricate assembly of his work to date before the camera. Beuys’ unique statements and intimate thoughts about his life and work form a highly unusual, compelling and dynamic portrait.

Joseph Beuys / TRANSFORMER
Director/Producer: John Halpern
Original Score: Michael Galasso
Video Design Concept: Les Levine

Joseph Beuys Plight 1986 : State of the Art – Episode 3

Filmed in Europe, the United States and Australia in 1985-6, the six programmes feature many key artists including — in addition to Joseph Beuys — Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Antony Gormley, Hans Haacke, Eric Fischl and Cindy Sherman. The films also explore the intellectual context of the time and the ideas of post-modernism.

The series was originally seen on Channel 4 in Britain, and then shown in more than 20 countries.

Joseph Beuys – A short documentary