Beuys and Beyond – Teaching as Art

Deutsche Bank is joining together with seven museums in six countries to present “Beuys and Beyond – Teaching as Art,” an exhibition of works on paper from the Deutsche Bank Collection.

On the occasion of celebrating 200 years of independence for many Latin American countries over the next two years, Deutsche Bank is joining together with seven museums in six countries to present “Beuys and Beyond – Teaching as Art,” an exhibition of works on paper from the Deutsche Bank Collection. The show starts with works by the visionary and independent German activist and teacher, Joseph Beuys, and six of his most noted students, and continues in a uniquely collaborative way. Each museum curator is invited to initiate a visual dialogue with Beuys and his students based on presenting an influential teacher/artist and students from their own country. Featuring important contemporary art from each host country, the exhibition encourages an international and inter-generational exchange against the backdrop of individual histories. The exhibition touches on two subjects that are important to Deutsche Bank around the globe: art and education.

Works from the collection by Lothar Baumgarten, Jorg Immendorf, Imi Knoebel, Blinky Palermo, Katharina Sieverding and Norbert Tadeusz tell about one of the most exciting chapters of German postwar art and document Joseph Beuys’ formative influence as a teacher on younger artist generations. Rarely seen drawings, photographs and prints are on view in tandem with works by contemporary artists selected by the museum curators in each location.  Encouraging dialogue and promoting the physical interaction of ideas is a method of learning that Beuys advocated strongly, one that unites the artists in the exhibition and links Deutsche Bank, S.A. to their communities.

“To be a teacher is my greatest work of art. The rest is waste product, a demonstration” is the famous and provocative quote by Joseph Beuys that inspires the show.  The idea is not to find and display South American versions of Joseph Beuys, but to explore teaching as an important extension of art practice and support Beuys' view that art is a pro-active means towards individual growth and social progress.

This is the third exhibition of works from the Deutsche Bank Collection which is touring through seven renowned Latin American museums. Previous Deutsche Bank exhibitions include “Return of the Giants” (2003/2004), featuring figurative German painting, and the German photography show, “More than Meets the Eye” (2006/2007).

Installation photograph: “Beuys and Beyond – Teaching as Art” at the Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI), Santiago de Chile enlarge

Installation photograph: “Beuys and Beyond – Teaching as Art” at the Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI), Santiago de Chile

Installation photograph: “Beuys and Beyond – Teaching as Art” at the Museo de Artes Visuales (MAVI), Santiago de Chile


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Last Update: June 5, 2013
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