Curator: Donna West Brett

Joseph Beuys’ fascination with medicine, science, myth and history forms the basis of his diverse body of work. Shaman-like, his art transforms natural and found materials, combining an interest in politics and education. His Energy Plan for the Western Man was described by the critic and photographer Werner Krüger as ‘the transformation of Beuysean aesthetic-artistic creativity, his cosmos of ideas, his plastic imagery into photography’.

The exhibition focuses on the relations between Beuys and Krüger who documented many of his installations and performances. Krüger also played a key role as both a friend and advisor to Elwyn Lynn, curator of the Power Collection. Joseph Beuys and the 'Energy Plan' is the first of four exhibitions celebrating the 50th anniversary of the JW Power Bequest, co-presented with the Power Institute.

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Special Events

Image: Joseph Beuys, Overcome party dictatorship now 1971

Image: Joseph Beuys, Overcome party dictatorship now 1971, JW Power collection, The University of Sydney, managed by Museum of Contemporary Art, © Joseph Beuys/Bild-Kunst. Licensed by Viscopy

Symposium - A Battery of Ideas: Reading Beuys Today
This symposium will present various ways of reading Beuys today, from performance art to relational aesthetics. Speakers include Thomas Berghuis, Anthony Bond, Donna West Brett, Janet Laurence, Bernice Murphy and Tom Nicholson. The symposium will be followed at 4.30pm by the opening of the exhibition Joseph Beuys and the ‘Energy Plan’ in the University Art Gallery.

Saturday 5 May 2012, 2–4.30PM
Free Event
Philosophy Room S249, The Quadrangle

Lunchtime Talks

Wednesday 18 April, 12–1PM
Free Event
Donna West Brett, exhibition curator, on Beuys and his documenter Werner Krüger. University Art Gallery

Wednesday 2 May, 12–1PM
Free Event
Anthony Bond, Director, Curatorial, Art Gallery of New South Wales, on Beuys and his legacy. University Art Gallery

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