‘The Revolution is Us’ (La rivoluzione siamo Noi) showcases select films, works on paper and sculptures by internationally acclaimed German artist Joseph Beuys (1921 – 1986), one of the most influential Conceptual and performance artists of the second half of the 20th century.
Known for his highly original and controversial ideas, themes and practices, including large editions of the same or similar works in “Multiples”, Beuys attempted to make art more democratic, collapsing the space between life and art through public discourse, performance and actions, believing “…everyone is an artist”.
A sculptor, performance artist, printmaker, political activist, and teacher, Beuys was also an important contributor to the avant-garde FLUXUS movement alongside George Maciunas, John Cage, Alison Knowles, Nam June Paik and Yoko Ono, among others. Beuys championed the possibilities of artistic creation to enact positive social and political change and activate the intellectual and creative capacity in all of us. Through his notion of “social sculpture”, Beuys believed in the power of art to be able to activate and transform society. His “Multiples”, series were created in opposition to market forces and in response to making art accessible to all.