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Joseph Beuys.
Ein Erdbeben in den Köpfen
der Menschen.
Neapel Rom 1971–1985


 

Author
Petra Richter


Hardcover,
thread-stitched,
48 pages, ­­­
47­­ color plates and
47 duotone plates
11­­ x 8.25 inches


Joseph Beuys. Ein Erdbeben in den Köpfen der Menschen.
Neapel Rom 1971–1985


Over a period of decades, Italy was a source and thematic focus for the artistic activities of Joseph Beuys (1921–1986). Southern Italy, the Mezzogiorno, in particular was a crucial source of inspiration for the artist. He was fascinated by the tension he observed between the archaic structures that remained perceptible there and the country's social contradictions. His critical engagement was oriented in a perspectival way toward the development of humane solutions to these conflicts.
In this book, Petra Richter describes for the first time in detail how Beuys sought to implement these intentions in his artistic activities in Naples and Rome ­between 1971 and 1985. The focus is therefore on the works produced in those cities, among them the action sculpture Terremoto and the installation Terremoto in ­Palazzo, both 1981, and on a work that was for Beuys ­intimately associated with them, namely the installation Palazzo Regale (1985).

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