Deutsche Studentenpartei [German Students Party] (1967)
About this artwork
Beuys formed the Deutsche Studentenpartei (German Student Party) on June 22 1967, in reaction to the shooting of the student Benno Ohnesorg during a demonstration against the visit of the Shah of Persia. It was the artist's first move into politics, but set a precedent for his politically-involved art. In December 1967, Beuys renamed the party 'Fluxus Zone West' to indicate the need for structural change at universities across Europe. This draft manifesto for the party has been stamped with the artist's distinctive circular stamp featuring a cross. He added the stamp to works which he felt embodied his beliefs.
- title: Deutsche Studentenpartei [German Students Party]
- accession number: AR00677
- artist: Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1967
- measurements: 60.40 x 84.00 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
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.