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Portraits by Joseph Beuys, Bazon Brock and Wolf Vostell

Beuys Brock Vostell

Aktion, Partizipation. Performance, 1958–1977

24.05.2014 – 09.11.2014, ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art


The three most significant German action artists of post-war modernity, Joseph Beuys, Bazon Brock and Wolf Vostell, are presented together for the first time ever in a largescale show. The artists, all of whom were friends, appeared together at important actions and exhibitions during the 1960s. They began forming their stylistic approaches that drew on the war experience, the holocaust and totalitarian systems.

The mutual goal was the radical emancipation of the individual and the reform, or revolution of life. In showing the three different positions of performativity together, a new perspective has been elaborated on performative arts as these have been paid court to by museums throughout the world.

Exhibitions team

Daria Mille (Research associate and project management)
Sarah Happersberger (Project participation) supported by Franziska Layritz, Annika Sanfilippo, Jenny Starick
Stefan Wessels (Technical management)
Anne Däuper and Thomas Schwab (Technical construction management)
Marianne Meister, Nina Fernandez (Registrars)

In cooperation with: Eva Beuys, Bazon Brock, Mercedes Vostell et al.


Sponsored by KUNST Stiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen. 

  • Cover der Publikation »Beuys Brock Vostell«
  • Cover der Publikation »Beuys Brock Vostell«: rote Schrift auf schwarzem Grund, drei Schwarzweißfotos.
    • Peter Weibel (Ed.)
    • Beuys Brock Vostell
    • Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern, 2016
    • Exhibition catalog
    • Language: German
    • A rich archive of original source material: correspondence, photographs, contemporary documents, scores and manuscripts.

      For the first time, the prominent German artists Joseph Beuys (1921–1986), Bazon Brock (*1936), and Wolf Vostell (1932...

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