Ahead of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
's forthcoming London exhibition Joseph Beuys: Utopia at The Stag Monuments, the gallery (London, Paris, Salzburg) announced that it will represent the Estate of Joseph Beuys.
'Joseph Beuys is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, a groundbreaking radical thinker in contemporary art whose profound influence endures today. It is a great privilege and honour to represent the works of this visionary artist on behalf of his estate and to work closely with his family. We are thrilled to be able to share this news on the occasion of our London exhibition of seminal and rarely seen works by Beuys, shown for the first time in the UK and thanks to the significant contribution of the Estate. (Thaddaeus Ropac)
Joseph Beuys: Utopia at the Stag Monuments is the most important UK exhibition of Beuys work in over a decade and opens at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London on 17 April until 16 June 2018. Curated by Norman Rosenthal, it presents rarely seen early works from the Estate of Joseph Beuys and notably unites most of the original elements of Beuys seminal Stag Monuments for the first time in the UK since its creation - a bronze version of which is a highlight of Tate Moderns permanent collection of works by Beuys.
Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, 1921 Düsseldorf, 1986) believed in the revolutionary power of art to unlock the potential for creativity in everyone and, by extension, to transform society. He subscribed to an interdisciplinary concept and his utopian vision of social transformation was expressed through his art, but also through Actions, lectures and sustained political activism. His ideas remain as relevant now as they were radical then. As Norman Rosenthal states, In a world that is now more than ever searching for new socio-economic solutions, the full significance of Beuys as an artist has barely begun to be investigated.