Synopsis: A documentary about the 20th century German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Andres Veiel
Production: Kino Lorber
  1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


It's just like Hollywood here.

The anonymous viewer is back there, yeah?

I mean if you're...

Let's say you're standing

in front of a group of people.

Then it's best

to reach them all at the same time.

That's best.

You have an idea

of what's going on inside of people.

Some people are very good at that.

They have this special talent.

For example, they walk into a room

and can instantly sense

the inner questions of everyone present.

I mean it's...

There's been a lot of that.

That's it!

Beuys speaking.

Good morning, Mr. Beuys.

- Good morning.

Our colleague from Midday Journal

was speaking to Professor Joseph Beuys.

Mr. Beuys, hem popular

would you say you are?

How should! know?

What do you want me to say?

Do you wan! me {o say

"Force 12" or something?

Why not express it in wind force?

All right, so Yd say I've reached

{he end of {he scale,

about hurricane force.

And as you know;

storm comes before hurricane.

Mr. Beuys, thank you very much

and I wish you continuing success.

It was meant to be an event

and that's what it is.

A German event for New York.

Beuys is here and everybody knows it.

Joseph Beuys is exhibiling his art

at the Guggenheim Museum

and New Yorks press

is doing all it can to help explain it.

Hanging, lying and standing

on a 432-meter continuous ramp

is almost his entire output

of graphic art and sculpture.

Waiting upstairs

are the felt-covered piano from 1966,

as well as the "Fat Chair"

and the "Honey Pump."

"Forget the conventional idea of an.

Anyone can be an artist.

Anything can be an, especially

anything that conserves energy"

This is the shortcut formula for an.

The magazine Capital named him Number 1

in the international art business,

ousting Warhol and Rauschenberg

from the top positions.

When did they let him out of the hospital?

Do you know when?

It's like the remnants

of a construction site.

I was disappointed.

It was fascinating.

The felt piano was more accessible

than other objects.

For me, it's a new way

of thinking about art.

-...but it stays the same?

- That's right. You empty it.

You drink the contents and throw away

the cap. That's what's left.

But you're aware that you're moving away

from the traditional concept of art?

- Yes, of course...

- And you really don't care

that people say, "What Beuys is doing

has nothing to do with art."

- Or do you...?

- Of course I don't care.

An, yes,

but in a totally different sense.

The concept of what an is

has expanded to such a degree

that, for me, there's nothing left of it.

But within a comprehensive system

it's possible

that a traditional concept of art

might be able to keep its place,

in a hermetically sealed form.

It would circle around like an atom,

somewhere inside this system.

But the concept of art has been expanded

so far that every normal situation is art.

- Every situation or action...?

- Yes.

It's no longer an object

that you hang on a wall...

Now if one takes this position

of an expanded concept of art,

which is exactly my position anyway,

most people will regard it as esoteric,

insane, remote,

marginal, peripheral...

And so on and so forth.

That's obvious.

Mr. Beuys...

At last year's an fair in Cologne,

you exhibited a work

that consisted of a Volkswagen bus...

out of which are coming a large number...

Maybe 20, correct me if I'm wrong...


-...40 small sleds,

all of them exactly the same,

and I found it amusing.

- That isn't what I wanted to say...

- But that's good!

- No!

- But that's great! Why not?


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Andres Veiel

Andres Veiel (born 16 October 1959) is a German film and theater director and author. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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