International 2010 Archives
Beuys : Energy Plan
Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-
Curators: Prof. Dr. Jean-
For the first time ever an exhibition will be devoted to Joseph Beuys' central idea: the "Energy Plan". Joseph Beuys developed this idea in his comprehensive graphic work in the 1950s and 1960s.
The exhibition will feature a selection of ca. 200 drawings in the Museum Schloss Moyland. Some of these have hitherto been unpublished and will be divided into ten different theme rooms all devoted to the determinant idea behind these works: the "Energy Plan". The Museum Schloss Moyland houses the largest collection of Joseph Beuys' early works worldwide.
Exhibition 5 September 2010 -
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Joseph Beuys, Unbetitelt, undatiert, Datierungsvorschlag, 1974. Collection Museum Schloss Mayland © Joseph Beuys Estate/VG Bild-
Joseph Beuys himself described the major experimental area inherent in his early drawings as fundamentally significant for his whole artistic career. Here he developed the thoughts on the "Energy Plan" that were to prepare the way for his ideas on a new "expanded art concept" and "social sculpture".
Joseph Beuys, Unbetitelt, undatiert, Datierungsvorschlag, 1945. Collection Museum Schloss Mayland © Joseph Beuys Estate/VG Bild-
Starting point is the physical understanding of energy which Joseph Beuys examined intensively in his graphic works. Against the background of his philosophy of the world as an organic whole, Beuys set out in search of spiritual energy potentials. He discovered them, amongst others, in Shamanism, Christianity, anthroposophy, superstition and in the world of animals. These physical and spiritual energies flowed into the "Energy Plan", the central point for his whole work.
A trio of curators is responsible for the exhibition:
Prof. Dr. Jean-
The exhibition and accompanying catalogue underline the importance of the Museum Schloss Moyland as a Joseph Beuys centre. It will be showing a selection from its unique portfolio works before the Castle building is reopened to the general public in autumn 2011. This will be predominantly devoted to presenting the works of Joseph Beuys.