Joseph Beuys und die Medizin
Germany - circa 1970
16 x 23 in (41 x 59 cm)
Photo of Axel Hinrich Murken's book on Joseph Beuys' artwork.
Joseph Beuys was one of the most influential artists of the late 20th Century. He was a German artist most famous for his sculptures and performance art 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 advertises the book Joseph Beuys und die Medizin (Joseph Beuys and Medicine). Written by Axel Hinrich Murken, the book includes a catalog of Beuys' artwork accompanied by Murken's commentary. The cover of the book is meant to evoke the imagery of a first-aid kit: Murken wanted to highlight Beuys' relationship to art and science. Beuys saw himself as a healer, who by making people aware of their creativity could cure the ills of society.
Artist: Joseph Beuys
Axel Hinrich Murken. Joseph Beuys und die Medizin. F Coppenrath Verlag Munster