02 Sep 2013 – 31 Oct 2014
In 2013, Galerie Thomas Modern, in collaboration with the Brazilian Instituto Plano Cultural, presented a comprehensive exhibition of Joseph Beuys with more than 100 works from all of his periods of his oeuvre. It was the first major solo presentation of works by the artist in South America.
The show opened at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói in Rio de Janeiro on Sept 2, 2013, moved on to the capital Brasilia, followed by Buenos Aires, Argentina and finally Santiago de Chile.
Five central themes were highlighted in the exhibition: "Man and Humanity", "Direct Democracy - Politics", "Carriers of Thoughts, Ideas and Knowledge", "Difesa della Natura/Environment and Healing", "Social Sculpture, Energy and Transformation".
To this day, the work of Joseph Beuys has lost none of its relevance. Beuys was an artist, thinker and politician, for whom the freedom of the mind and the autonomy of the individual were the basis of a future society. The strong response to the exhibition "JOSEPH BEUYS - Res-pública: convocation for a global alternative" in visitor numbers and press confirmed the relevance and importance of his work for our time. As Beuys said: "The future we want must be invented. Otherwise we will get one that we don't want".
JOSEPH BEUYS - Res-pública: convocation for a global alternative