Directed by Andres Veiel
Cinematographer Jörg Jeshel
Produced by Thomas Kufus
Editors Olaf Voigtländer and Stephan Krumbiegel
Composed by Damian Scholl and Ulrich Reuter
Sounds Matthias Lembert and Hubertus Müll
Thirty years after his death, Joseph Beuys still feels like a visionary and is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media — from happening and performance to sculpture, installation, and graphic art — Beuys’ expanded concept of the role of the artist places him in the middle of socially relevant discourses on media, community, and capitalism. Using previously untapped visual and audio sources, director Andres Veiel has created a one-of-a-kind chronicle: Beuys is not a portrait in the traditional sense, but an intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and the way they have impacted the world.
"An exhilarating portrait of a unique truth-teller. Makes a strong case for Beuys, emphasizing the social conscience at work in his art."
“Engaging, compelling. A choose-your-own-art-history adventure. Avoids the typical pitfalls of documentaries. Effectively conveys Cold War–era German performance artist Joseph Beuys’s infectious presence and democratic ideals.”
“Introduce[s] you the raw presence of the artist... familiarizing you with the living, breathing, mystical force of nature of Joseph Beuys. The artist is often christened as Germany’s most important artist since World War II, and with good reason — he pioneered new definitions of performance art, political activism, sculpture, installation, and art pedagogy in the war’s wake, and they are still widely emulated today.”
“The most extensive revisiting of Beuys’ art and life for a general public.”
“Andres Veiel’s largely archival documentary... is one for the ages, and not to be missed. Joseph Beuys [is] arguably one of the most relevant and revolutionary forces in modern and post-modern art in the 20th century.”
“Explores, through poignant photos, archival film footage and interviews, and commentary from peers and colleagues, the legacy of this passionate and polarizing artist.”
"Fascinating. Most art world insiders would rate Beuys as the most significant artist of the post-war period.”
“Seeing [Beuys’ installations] as they were created, or with the artist in the room, makes them come alive.”
“Offers some glowing revelations about this most influential of artists… Joseph Beuys (1921-86), one of the most influential artists of the last century, whose innovations, especially in the realm of performance art, are responsible for the work of today’s big names like Ai Wei Wei and Marina Abramovic.”
“A major pioneer. Widely understood to be the most important German artist of the post–World War II period. His influence is comparable to that of the American artist Andy Warhol.”
“One of the most extraordinarily influential and transgressive figures in the art of the second half of the 20th century.”
Berlin International Film Festival - Competition
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|National Gallery of Art||Washington||DC||1526011200May 11 - May 19, 2018|
|Jacob Burns Film Center||Pleasantville||NY||1523937600April 17, 2018|
|Alamo Drafthouse Sloans Lake||Denver||CO||1521604800March 21, 2018|
|Cleveland Museum of Art||Cleveland||OH||1521518400March 20 - March 23, 2018|
|Pacific Film Archive||Berkeley||CA||1520571600March 9 - March 31, 2018|
|Roxie Theater||San Francisco||CA||1520571600March 9 - March 15, 2018|
|Laemmle Claremont 5||Claremont||CA||1519621200February 26 - February 27, 2018|
|Laemmle Town Center 5||Encino||CA||1519621200February 26 - February 27, 2018|
|Laemmle Royal Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1519621200February 26 - February 27, 2018|
|Laemmle Playhouse 7||Pasadena||CA||1519621200February 26 - February 27, 2018|
|The Guild Cinema||Albuquerque||NM||1519621200February 26 - March 1, 2018|
|Lumiere Cinema||Los Angeles||CA||1519362000February 23 - March 1, 2018|
|Berlin & Beyond Film Festival||San Francisco||CA||1518930000February 18, 2018|
|Verge Center for the Arts||Sacramento||CA||1518670800February 15, 2018|
|Wexner Center for the Arts||Columbus||OH||1518670800February 15, 2018|
|Honolulu Museum of Art||Honolulu||HI||1517547600Coming Soon|
|Portland Museum of Art||Portland||ME||1517547600February 2 - February 4, 2018|
|Parkway Theatre||Baltimore||MD||1516942800January 26 - February 1, 2018|
|Gene Siskel Film Center||Chicago||IL||1516424400January 20 - January 23, 2018|
|Film Forum||New York||NY||1516165200January 17 - February 22, 2018|
|Virginia Film Festival||Charlottesville||VA||1510203600November 9, 2017|
|Houston Cinema Arts Society||Houston||TX||1509508800November 1, 2017|
|American Cinematheque at the Aero Theatre||Los Angeles||CA||1507089600October 4 - October 6, 2017|
|Vancouver Int'l Film Festival||Vancouver||BC||1506571200September 28, 2017|
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