Works by German artist Joseph Beuys (1921 – 86) from the ARTIST ROOMS collection will be shown throughout the summer of 2009 at the De La Warr Pavilion. This is an exciting and fitting opportunity to show work by Beuys within a building whose architecture, like the work of the artist, is rooted in socialist ideals and whose purpose is to provide a cultural centre for its locality and beyond.
This exhibition will display a large number of sculptures, photographs, drawings, and watercolours as well as a selection of posters recalling live actions and events by Beuys. Key works will include Fat Chair (sculpture, 1964 – 85), Scala Napoletana (sculpture, 1985). and A Party for Animals (lithograph, 1969).
The exhibition will explore Beuys’s ideas on economics, politics, activism, anti-establishment, teaching, learning and philosophy and raise questions as to how these ideas have extended beyond Beuys’s own lifetime and how they can continue to inform new thinking today.
An ambition of the Beuys exhibition in Bexhill is to initiate inter-generational discussion between senior citizens and young people, bringing a community together whilst inviting expertise and commentators from the fields of philosophy, environment, politics, economics and art.
ARTIST ROOMS, a collection of international contemporary art was established through one of the largest and most imaginative gifts of art ever made to museums in Britain. The gift was made by Anthony d’Offay, with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Art Fund and the Scottish and British Governments. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned and managed by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the nation with the primary aim of creating a new national resource of contemporary art that will strengthen displays and create exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the UK so as to inspire new audiences, especially young people. The collection is being shared with museums and galleries throughout the UK with thanks to the support of independent charity The Art Fund.