01 Jul

Art at the CAS: Joseph Beuys

Opening hours / Beginning:

5:00 pm

1 July 2021

The Center for Advanced Studies at LMU provides a forum for scientific exchange and discussion that bridges the divide between the established disciplines. Its activities are designed to promote all forms of collaborative research and to stimulate interdisciplinary communication within the University. In addition, it facilitates the integration of visiting scholars and scientists into the academic life of the University.

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Joseph Beuys, Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne is showing examples drawn from its collection of the artist’s multiples. Beuys intended these works to be understood not as objects passively displayed in museums, but as antennas that broadcast his political “(trans)mission” to the world. Taking its cue from Beuys' installation entitled “jajajajaja, neeneeneeneenee”, this panel discussion at CAS will probe the reasons for the waning of the art of public debate in recent years. Why are views and beliefs being expressed ever more emphatically and uncompromisingly, while counterarguments are often shouted down? Can art provide a means of re-animating rational debate between ostensibly irreconcilable positions?

Margarete Bause is a sociologist and parliamentary spokesperson on human rights and humanitarian aid for the Greens in the Bundestag.

Stephan Lessenich is Professor of Political Sociology with a Focus on Social Inequality at LMU.

Tatjana Schäfer is Assistant Curator for the Art of the Postwar Period at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne.

Bernhart Schwenk is Head of the Collections of Contemporary Art and Design at the Pinakothek der Moderne (Bavarian State Collections of Paintings).

The event will be conducted in German. For further information, see the CAS website.

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