is it about a bycicle? - Joseph Beuys
Paris - 1985
26 x 38 in (67 x 96 cm)
Print of a red bicycle at Joseph Beuys' last Paris exhibition.
Joseph Beuys was one of the most influential artists of the late 20th Century. He was a German artist most famous for his sculptures, performance art, and of course posters. Recognized for his avant-garde and political approach to art, Beuys' work has been exhibited across Europe and America, with retrospectives in museums like the Guggenheim and Tate Modern. After serving in the airforce in World War II, Beuys returned to art school and became involved with the Fluxus art group during the 60's. This group of radical artists wanted to expand the definition of art, believing art should be created with the intention of transforming the world socially and politically.
This poster is a print created by Beuys for his last exhibition in Beaubourg, Paris in 1985 before his death in 1986. The title of scrawled on this print "is it about a bicycle?" ultimately became the title of the authoritative Beuys biography.
Artist: Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys. "is it about a bycicle"? January-February 1985. Galerie Beaubourg Paris. 23, rue de Renard, Paris 4eme.