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12.08. – 17.10.2021

Access via the collection presentation 

Admission free

The 3G rule applies. 

On 20.08., 17.09. and 15.10.2021 the exhibition is open until 22:00.

revolution beuys

MO-Schaufenster # 27


Museum Ostwall

Design: labor b

Design: labor b

"[...] Epistemology is simply followed by these practical questions: How will people live one day? And what paths must be taken? [...] That's the only way I want power to be defined, to say that it results from insight and from reason."Joseph Beuys in a WDR interview about the German Student Party, 1968.

In 2021, political upheavals and social negotiation processes form essential aspects of media publics. Dealing with history is present and is a question for the future. The medial form-finding, artistic representation and everyday staging of empowerment as a global cultural technique link directly to the questions about people and their options for action posed in the work of Beuys. The engine of "insight" and "reason" provokes moments of self-empowerment that Beuys expresses in his works and words, "Make use of the power you have through the right to self-determination! All of you!" (Joseph Beuys, 1970)

This collaborative exhibition project assembles objects and questions into a setting of political action and reaction in the MO showcase. It discusses historical, present, and future processes of social interaction, forms of activism, and assumptions about the human condition. The project between the Museum Ostwall and the TU Dortmund University (IAEB) codes the exhibition space as a social laboratory, a place of a "permanent conference" and thus enables visitors* to engage in a critical discussion between objects, concepts and the themes Beuys occupies. 

The exhibition is part of the project "100 years of joseph beuys" by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf as the supporting organization.

Curated by:

Sarah Hübscher

Elvira Neuendank


Lisa Fischer

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