Joseph Beuys

Galerie der Stadt

Joseph BeuysPlastische Bilder (Sculptural images, 1947–70), which have not been shown together since the early ’70s, are formally heterogeneous; it is their spiritual content that provides their continuity as a group. The materials in these collages, mounted behind glass in wooden cases, are vastly disparate: plaster casts or models, small religious statues from Beuys’ initial sculptural phase, paper, newsprint, cardboard, cloth, clay, lead, wax, plaster, and other amorphous materials are often wrapped in gauze and tied up. Normally, the combinations and confrontations are reworked, treated with oil pigments or asphalt, or mounted in layers and packages.

Located between painting, sculpture, and object, each piece engages multiple levels of perception without hierarchically subjugating them to a didactic meaning. The results evidence motion, flux, or “process,” just as Beuys’ later sculptures

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