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BEUYS

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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY ANDRES VEIEL

Charismatic and controversial German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was a messianic figure, alternately considered a shaman, a radical political activist, and a breakthrough artistic genius. Filmmaker Andres Veiel mines a rich trove of never-before-seen archival footage, showing how Beuys’s teachings (at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf), installations (using felt and fat), ‘happenings’ (covering himself in honey and gold leaf in How to Explain Paintings to a Dead Hare or locking himself in a room with a coyote in I Like America and America Likes Me), and lectures (“money shouldn’t be a commodity”) argued for a more expansive view of the role of art in our lives. Always recognizable in his trademark fedora, Beuys was a visionary, who, thirty years after his death, continues to influence artists and confound and entertain the rest of us.                                                                

Presented with support from the Helen Frankenthaler Endowed Fund for Films on Art

GERMANY • 2017 • 111 MINS. • IN ENGLISH AND GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES •  KINO LORBER

Reviews

“Fascinating. A rangy, unconventional ride. A fine, thoughtful documentary. A pleasure to watch. Working engagingly with material culled from years of archival footage, it presents the work that was Joseph Beuys - as well as reminding us why this most political of contemporary artists is still relevant today, more than thirty years after his death.”
– Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

“The most extensive revisiting of Beuys’s art and life.”
– David D’Arcy, The Art Newspaper

“A new documentary about the legendary conceptual artist. Folks in the know hold Beuys in similar standing to Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol. Not only offers a psychological portrait of the man, but chronicles the many ways he sought to reverse the effects of our repressive social systems - and how his breakthroughs continue to influence artists today.”
– Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic

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BEUYS

Wednesday, January 17 - Tuesday, January 30