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PRINT Summer 1991

JOSEPH BEUYS: THE BODY OF THE ARTIST

I had for too long a time dragged a body around with me.

—Joseph Beuys, 1956

Suffering

Warmth

Sound

Plasticity

Fulfillment of time

entered the thalidomide child’s room

Does the music of the past help him????

—Joseph Beuys, text accompanying a drawing of a pentagram, 1966

IN LEBENSLAUF WERKLAUF (Life course, work course), Joseph Beuys lists two “exhibitions” that contain in their titles, as though in simple conceptual seed, all that follows in his art. One, “Kleve Ausstellung von Kälte” (Kleve exhibition of cold), occurred in 1945, the year Germany was defeated and Beuys was repatriated after being a prisoner of war in the USSR. The other, “Kleve warme Ausstellung” (Kleve warm exhibition), occurred in 1946, the year Beuys finally decided to become an artist rather than a scientist. Kleve was Beuys’ home town. Returning to it after the war, he renewed his relationship with his parents, which,

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