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Beuys : Energy Plan
Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau /Kleve (Germany)
05.09.2010 - 20.03.2011










 











































































































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Press release


Curators: Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Ammann, Dr. Bettina Paust, Dr. Nicole Fritz

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 Some of these have hitherto been unpublished and will be divided into ten different theme rooms all devoted to the determinant idea behind these works: the "Energy Plan".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 - 20 March 2011. Museum Schloss Moyland, Am Schloss 4 - 47551 Bedburg-Hau /Kleve (Germany).






















































Miguel Chevalier, Terra incognita 2010, MIS, Sao Paulo

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2012. All Rights Reserved

 Joseph Beuys, Unbetitelt, undatiert, Datierungsvorschlag, 1974. Collection Museum Schloss Mayland © Joseph Beuys Estate/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

 Joseph Beuys, Unbetitelt, undatiert, Datierungsvorschlag, 1974. Collection Museum Schloss Mayland © Joseph Beuys Estate/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


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-Kunst, Bonn

Joseph Beuys, Unbetitelt, undatiert, Datierungsvorschlag, 1945. Collection Museum Schloss Mayland © Joseph Beuys Estate/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


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.

Concept
A trio of curators is responsible for the exhibition:
Prof. Dr. Jean-Christophe Ammann (former director of the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main), Dr. Bettina Paust (artistic director of the Museum Schloss Moyland) and Dr. Nicole Fritz (curator of the Kunsthalle Krems). Working together with a circle of younger generation Beuys scholars they have put together a selection of his drawings from the huge collection held in the Museum Schloss Moyland.
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.