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Quotes by Joseph Beuys - (37 quotes)

Joseph Beuys - From the Art category:

- interview (videoview) of Beuys by Willoughby Sharp...
Art alone makes life possible - this is how radically I should like to formulate it. I would say that without art man is inconceivable in physiological terms. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Art category:

Art is the only power to free humankind from all repression. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Artists category:

Everybody is an artist. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Artists category:

- Joseph Beuys... Public Dialogue, 1974...
Here my idea is to declare that art is the only possibility for evolution, the only possibility to change the situation in the world. But then you have to enlarge the idea of art to include the whole creativity. And if you do that, it follows logically that every living being is an artist - an artist in the sense that he can develop his own capacity. And therefore it's necessary at first that society cares about the educational system, that equality of opportunity for self-realization is guaranteed. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Belief category:

So when I appear as a kind of shamanistic figure, or allude to it, I do it to stress my belief in other priorities and the need to come up with a completely different plan for working with substances. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Change category:

One must not only transform the creation of paintings or sculptures, but the entire social form. It's a gigantic program. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Collaboration category:

A total work of art is only possible in the context of the whole of society. Everyone will be a necessary co-creator of a social architecture, and so long as anyone cannot participate, the ideal form of democracy has not been reached. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Creativity category:

Creativity is not limited to people practising one of the traditional forms of art and, even in the case of artists, creativity is not confined to the exercise of their art. Each one of us has a creative potential, which is hidden by competitiveness and success-aggression. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Culture category:

No area of life will be free from this concept in the future. That means that people will recognize the social organism, and they must think within this context. They must not only think about schools but also about the legal system and economic structures. They must always think through the entire social organism... (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Earth category:

I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time. The oak is especially so because it is a slowly growing tree with a kind of really solid heartwood. It has always been a form of sculpture, a symbol for this planet. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Education category:

In places like universities, where everyone talks too rationally, it is necessary for a kind of enchanter to appear. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Education category:

School is universal. That means, on the street when you talk about these things, with people at the grocer's, the school is at the grocer's at that moment. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Ego category:

The ego must be developed, not for its own sake, but because it is needed by society. If you are only interested in self-realization then you cannot make a good painting. To do this you have to have thought about forming, and about how ideas of forming stem from history. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Evolution category:

- I Am Searching For Field Character, 1973...
Only on condition of a radical widening of definitions will it be possible for art and activities related to art to provide evidence that art is now the only evolutionary-revolutionary power. Only art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senile social system that continues to totter along the death-line: to dismantle in order to build A SOCIAL ORGANISM AS A WORK OF ART. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Expression category:

- interview (videoview) of Beuys by Willoughby Sharp...
If you want to express yourself you must present something tangible. But after a while this has only the function of a historic document. Objects aren't very important any more. I want to get to the origin of matter, to the thought behind it. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Freedom category:

I am interested in the creativity of the criminal attitude because I recognize in it the existence of a special condition of crazy creativity. A creativity without morals fired only by the energy of freedom and the rejection of all codes and laws. For freedom rejects the dictated roles of the law and of the imposed order and for this reason is isolated. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Future category:

- a conversation between Lama Sogyal Rinpoch and Joseph Beuys, 1982...
The idea of creativity is for me the problem of the future. Since the creative power is not a simple thing... is divided into a lot of different principles and represented by figures, and these figures you can also write down in a kind of symbolic mantra. It is important to work on every point of creativity and see how the human being stands in the energy that comes out from the surrounding world. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Health category:

- Times Thermic Machine, 1982...
Art is, then, a genuinely human medium for revolutionary change in the sense of completing the transformation from a sick world to a healthy one. In my opinion only art is capable of doing it. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Humanity category:

This new discipline - which I call social sculpture - can realize the future of humankind. It could be a guarantee for the evolution of the earth as a planet, establish conditions for other planetarians too, and you can control it with your own thinking. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Influence category:

After I am dead I would like people to say, 'Beuys understood the historical situation. He altered the course of events.' I hope in the right direction. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Information category:

It is a kind of vehicle, you know. It's a kind of making, spreading out ideas... You must care for information and I personally try to make information available not only in a written way... I try also to work with images, with fantasy, with jokes, with humor... so I work coming from the idea of art as the most important means to transform the society. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Innovation category:

The only hope I had was when I saw one day a photograph of a sculpture by Wilhelm Lehmbruck, a German sculptor of expressionistic style. This was perhaps the only example, Lehmbruck, between my sixteenth to nineteenth years in which I saw a possibility for art to be principally of interest to innovate some things, instead of writing a very boring, naturalistic repetition of what is already done by nature. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Language category:

- Joseph Beuys and the Celtic Wor(l)d...
When I use language, I try to induce the impulses of this power... the power of evolution. But language is not to be understood simply in terms of speech and words... Beyond language as verbalization lies a world of sound and form impulses, a language of primary sound without semantic content, but laden with completely different levels of information. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Mediums category:

Even the act of peeling a potato can be an artistic act if it is consciously done. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Money category:

Money has to undergo a metamorphosis again; it has to relinquish its role in the market economy and engage in an economy of capacities. Then we would be concerned with human creative productivity. And we would come full circle, since each human being can then act within his company as co-creator of the future, can - in full dignity - contribute to shaping this future. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Nature category:

I think the tree is an element of regeneration which in itself is a concept of time. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Opposites category:

So, this was my general feeling: on the one side, this beautiful undamaged nature form which I took a lot and had a lot of possibilities for contemplation, meditation, research, collecting things, making a kind of system; and on the other side, this social debacle that I felt already as a coming dilemma. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Pets category:

When I worked with the coyote, I had the idea that it was not an indigenous animal. It came as a wolf with the Indians over the Bering Strait... changed his whole biological configuration and behavior. Then it was my idea to import the coyote once more back to Europe and you could see it change back to the European wolf or Siberian wolf. It is a transformed European wolf, the coyote, how it came to the character of a brush wolf. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Power category:

Therefore it's time to show that art means the power of creativity, and it's time to define art in a larger way, to include science and religion, too. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Renewal category:

Art can no longer be art today if it does not reach into the heart of our present culture and work transformatively within it. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Sculpture category:

- Theory of Social Sculpture, 1979...
My objects are to be seen as stimulants for the transformation of the idea of sculpture... or of art in general. They should provoke thoughts about what sculpture can be and how the concept of sculpting can be extended to the invisible materials used by everyone. That is why nature of my sculpture is not fixes and finished. Processes continue in most of them: chemical reactions, fermentations, color changes, delays, drying up. Everything is in a state of change. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Sculpture category:

For me the formation of the thought is already sculpture. The thought is sculpture. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Teaching category:

To be a teacher is my greatest work of art. The rest is the waste product, a demonstration. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Truth category:

Truth must be found in reality, not systems. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Understanding category:

- interview of Beuys by Willoughby Sharp, 1969...
My art cannot be understood primarily by thinking. My art touches people who are in tune with my mode of thinking, but it is clear that people cannot understand my art by intellectual processes alone because no art can be experienced in that way. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Words category:

- Joseph Beuys and the Celtic Wor(l)d...
For me it is the WORD that produces all images. It is the key sign for all processes of moulding and organizing. (Joseph Beuys)

Joseph Beuys - From the Work category:

Let's talk of a system that transforms all the social organisms into a work of art, in which the entire process of work is included... something in which the principle of production and consumption takes on a form of quality. It's a Gigantic project. (Joseph Beuys)