View of “Julian Beck,” 2014.

View of “Julian Beck,” 2014.

Julian Beck

Supportico Lopez

View of “Julian Beck,” 2014.

One of the highlights of this year’s Gallery Weekend Berlin was the discovery of drawings and paintings by Julian Beck (1925–1985). An artist, poet, actor, and director, Beck is mostly known for cofounding, with his wife, Judith Malina, the Living Theatre in New York. One of the most radical theater companies of the twentieth century, it was inspired in part by Antonin Artaud’s Theater of Cruelty. Uncompromising in their confrontation with all aspects of human existence—social, political, religious, sexual—the Living Theatre’s performances had a reputation for being challenging experiences. Legal battles with the US Internal Revenue Service led to an almost twenty-year-long exile in Europe for the troupe, with its first appearance in Berlin taking place in 1961.

This artistic and theatrical visionary returned to Berlin posthumously with “Now in Paradise,” a selection of

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