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Archived: Beuys (2017)

director: Andres Veiel

composer: Damian Scholl, Ulrich Reuter
With: Joseph Beuys, Caroline Tisdall, Rhea Thönges-Stringaris, Andy Warhol, a.o.

duration: 107 minutes
Documentary, Biography

Artists on Film

Joseph Beuys, the man with the hat, the felt and the 'fat corner'. Thirty years after his death he feels like a visionary who was, and still is, ahead of his time. He was the first German artist to be given a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York whilst at home in Germany his work was often still derided as the 'most expensive trash of all time'. Once asked if he was indifferent to such comments he retorted: 'Yes. I want to expand people's perceptions.'
Andres Veiel lets the artist speak for himself. From previously unpublished audio and video footage Veiel creates an associative, porous portrait which, like the artist himself, opens up spaces for ideas rather than proclaiming statements. Beuys boxes, chats, lectures, explains art to a dead hare and asks: 'Do you want to instigate a revolution without laughter?' But we also experience the man, the teacher and the Green Party candidate. Once, shortly before his death, he consents to being photographed without his hat. Veiel's film makes visible the contradictions and tensions which gave rise to Beuys' Gesamtkunstwerk. Beuys' expanded concept of art feeds directly into today's social, political and moral debates.

"Utilizing previously unpublished footage, 'Beuys' brings light to a man of profound intellectual capacity in the vein of Goethe, Voltaire and Machiavelli. Often derided in his home country, Beuys was the first German artist to be granted a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim in New York." (HollywoodGlee)


director: Andres Veiel
composer: Damian Scholl, Ulrich Reuter
producer: Thomas Kufus
screenplay: Andres Veiel
Editor: Stephan Krumbiegel & Olaf Voigtländer
Cinematography: Jörg Jeshel
sound: Matthias Lempert

production company: Zero One Film

More info

dialogue: German, English
subtitles: Eng subt.
country: Germany
year: 2017

Official site


ANDRES VEIEL (1959): Winternachtstraum (1992), Balagan (1994), Die Überlebenden (1996), Drei von Tausend - Wer schafft die Schauspielprüfung? (1999), Black Box BRD (2001), Addicted to Acting (2004), Der Kick (2006), 24 Hours Berlin (2009), If Not Us, Who? (2011), Beuys (2017).

Technical Specs

format: DCP


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