A Woodstock of Ideas – Joseph Beuys, Achberg and the German South
On the occasion of Joseph Beuys' 100th birthday in 2021, the Museum Ulm and the Kunsthalle Vogelmann Heilbronn are dedicating a joint exhibition project to one of the major German artists of the last century.
The exhibition focuses on Joseph Beuys' artistic and political connection to the German Southwest. Basically, the artist's relationship to the German South becomes clear through the evaluation of Rainer Rappmann's Beuys archive in Achberg. ›A Woodstock of Ideas‹ is the first museum presentation of this archive with letters, audio, visual and film documents.
Rappmann's archive was created in connection with the Internationales Kulturzentrum Achberg (INKA) and was considered an important center of intellectual and political awakening in Germany in the 1970s and 1980s where Joseph Beuys annually performed and worked in the spirit of his idea of the ›Social Sculpture‹.
Joseph Beuys' concept of the ›Social Sculpture‹ is particularly suitable for the exhibition to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the first free local elections in Germany after the Second World War and to discuss current questions about the relevance of democracy with a young generation such as Fridays for Future or Future2.
For Beuys, one artistic means of ›Social Sculpture‹ was the multiple. The art objects published in multiple editions corresponded to his idea of sending out and multiplying ideas. As an expression of the democratization of art – the multiples were addresses to everyone and were affordable during the artist's lifetime – they form a further focus of the exhibition.