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Beuys at Speed Cinema

Speed Art Museum
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Directed by Andres Veiel

Friday, April 13, 7 pm
Saturday, April 14, 3 pm
Saturday, April 14, 7 pm
Sunday, April 15, 3 pm

“An exhilarating portrait of a unique truth-teller.” —Glenn Kenny, New York Times

Thirty years after his death, Joseph Beuys still feels like a visionary and is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media—from happenings and performance, to sculpture, installation, and graphic art—Beuys’ expanded concept of the role of the artist places him in the middle of socially relevant discourses on media, community, and capitalism. Using previously untapped visual and audio sources, director Andres Veiel has created a one-of-a-kind chronicle. Beuys is not a portrait in the traditional sense, but an intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and the ways they have impacted the world.

The film captures some of the controversial work that Beuys conducted including the 7000 Oaks—City Forestation Instead of City Administration project, a monumental ecological intervention to increase the tree canopy in the city of Kassel, Germany presented at the 1982 edition of documenta. 2017, Germany, DCP, in English and German with English subtitles, 107 minutes. Recommended for 12+.