Joseph Beuys

Fluxus-Namensliste [Fluxux-Name List] (1963)

About this artwork

Fluxus was an international group of artists and musicians. Taken from the Latin word 'to flow', the group's name reflected the belief that there should be no boundaries between art movements, or art and everyday life, letting creativity be unrestricted. Beuys was connected with the group for a time in the early 1960s, when Fluxus activities were at their height. The lower part of this work is a list of names of Fluxus collaborators, most of whom had musical links. It includes the German music critic Heinz-Klaus Metzger, German composer Dieter Schnebel, Canadian composer Pierre Mercure, American composer Terry Jennings, Dutch composer Konrad Boehmer and Japanese composer Yuji Takahashi.

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  • title: Fluxus-Namensliste [Fluxux-Name List]
  • accession number: AR00658
  • artist: Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1963
  • measurements: 62.00 x 21.80 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © DACS 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

German artist Beuys believed that art was integral to everyday life. His own art was shaped by an experience early in his life. As a Luftwaffe pilot during the war, Beuys was shot down over the Crimea and was saved by nomadic Tartars. Barely alive, he was wrapped in felt and fat which preserved his body heat, and taken to safety on sledges pulled by dogs. This incident, and these particular elements, informed much of his art, which has a redemptive, mystical and ritualistic character. Central to his work were his 'Actions', which involved teaching, audience discussion and performance. The recurrent themes were social and political. Associated with the ecological movement - he was a founder member of the Green Party - he also had a strong influence on German politics.