Joseph Beuys and the Shamans
02.05.2021 – 29.08.2021
We celebrate the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys with numerous events and a comprehensive exhibition. These are part of the anniversary program of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia: beuys 2021. 100 jahre joseph beuys.
The interdisciplinary exhibition Joseph Beuys and the Shamans presents for the first time works by Joseph Beuys together with ethnological objects from shamanic living environments in the circumpolar, Eurasian region.
In his early works Joseph Beuys repeatedly focused on shamans and on the contexts in which they operate. In a number of Actions he either assumed the role of the shaman or drew on shamanic practices. For Beuys, Eurasia was a spiritual space that stood for the reconciliation of opposites such as reason and intuition.
This ethnological exhibition highlights fundamental aspects of historical and contemporary indigenous shamanism and of the shamanic worlds that Beuys so often referred to.
It will also include work by contemporary artists demonstrating the relevance of the topic of shamanism to the current artistic discourse with its particular interest in social issues and ecology.
Museum Schloss Moyland boasts the world’s largest collection of works by Joseph Beuys and is also home to the extensive Joseph Beuys Archive. With its exhibition hall, moated castle and park, the museum also has spaces which, thanks to the immediate proximity of art and nature, allow an intensive and meaningful experience of the exhibition and accompanying events.
The exhibition is sponsored by:
Special thanks to:
Wirtschaftsförderung Kreis Kleve GmbH
Public guided tours through the exhibition start at 3:00 pm (subject to change). Fee: 3 €, plus general admission
This project unites the exhibitions and events celebrating the artist’s 100th birthday throughout NRW. Information on the website beuys 2021. 100 jahre joseph beuys.
Materials for creative projects are available in the Art Workshop located on the second floor of the castle. Young and old can make a shaman drum or design an amulet, for example. Of course, they can also let their imagination run free and paint, draw, or write down impressions from the exhibition.
In all the exhibition rooms on the first floor, children will find cards with exciting tasks, quizzes, and information about the artist Joseph Beuys and shamanism. The reindeer Rangifer accompanies them on their search for clues.
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive, richly illustrated catalogue with texts and illustrations reflecting the interdisciplinary approach of the exhibition with its thematic focus on Joseph Beuys, indigenous shamanism, and contemporary artists. The texts were written by Eugen Blume, Ulrike Bohnet, U We Claus, Gérard A. Goodrow, Dieter Koepplin, Sarah Lampe, Doris Leutgeb, Michael Oppitz, Christian Rätsch, Amélie Schenk, Kocku von Stuckrad, Barbara Strieder, Jonathan Willing, and Wolfgang Zumdick. Price in the museum shop: € 34.50
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Under this heading, a specially developed bicycle route in NRW connects places that played an important role in the life and work of Joseph Beuys: his birthplace, the first studio, museums and galleries that made his work known early on, and the Beuys centre Museum Schloss Moyland. These places are linked by the new bicycle route and can in this way be actively experienced.
With a total distance of roughly 300 kilometres, Beuys & Bike leads to stops in Bedburg-Hau, Kleve, Duisburg, Krefeld, Mönchengladbach, Düsseldorf, Neuss, and Leverkusen. Those who set off by bicycle will not only become better acquainted with the artist and his art, but also with the fascinating Lower Rhine region with its historic town centres, magnificent castles, and natural water-meadow landscapes.
Joseph Beuys (um 1976) Foto: Ute Klophaus, Museum Schloss Moyland, Joseph Beuys Archiv © bpk/Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland/Leihgabe der Ernst von Siemens Kunststiftung
Sojotenschamane, Südsibirien, August 1914 Foto: Ørjan Olsen, Archiv: The National Library of Norway
Joseph Beuys, Schamane, 1963 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Joseph Beuys, Grab des Dschingis, 1957 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Joseph Beuys, Haus des Schamanen I, 1959 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Joseph Beuys, Elch, 1951 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Joseph Beuys, Sibirischer Tanz, 1964 | 1962 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Joseph Beuys, „I like America and America likes Me“, Aktion in der René Block Gallery, New York, 23.–25.5.1974 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 © Foto: Caroline Tisdall
Ute Klophaus, Joseph Beuys, undatiert © Ute Klophaus/Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland
Joseph Beuys beim Auspacken des Hasen auf Stangen, Aktionsrelikt aus "EURASIA SIBIRISCHE SYMPHONIE 1963, 32. SATZ (EURASIA) FLUXUS", New York, 1979 © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 Foto: © Ute Klophaus/Stiftung Museum Schloss Moyland
Schamanentrommel, 17. Jh.? Nord-Lappland: Zirkumpolare Gebiete; Ethnie: Sámi © Museum Fünf Kontinente, Foto: Marietta Weidner
Familiengeister, 19. Jh.? Russland: Ferner Osten, Amurgebiet (Dorf Kondon); Ethnie: Nanai © Fischledermuseum Viechtach, Foto: Susanne Schmolka
Schamanenrock für Frauen, Beginn 20. Jh. Südsibirien; Ethnie: Tuwa/Sojoten © Museum am Rothenbaum Kulturen und Künste der Welt, Hamburg, Foto: Paul Schimweg
Stanislav Krupař, Shagaa in Tuwa, aus der Serie Ghosts of Siberia, 2002–2018 © Stanislav Krupař, Prag
Marcus Coates, Radio Shaman, 2006 © Marcus Coates, London
Raumansicht mit Werken von Anatol Donkan Foto: Achim Kukulies