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Joseph Beuys

Catalog published on the occasion of the Joseph Beuys tribute organized in 2009 by the Hellenic American Union.

The publication comprises articles and photographs of 34 works by the influential German artist from the Van der Grinten Collection of the Museum Schloss Moyland Foundation.





The catalog includes articles and photographs of original works by Joseph Beuys from the retrospective exhibition Joseph Beuys: Hellenic References in his Artwork at the Hellenic American Union galleries.

Also featured in the book are photos of works by 12 prominent Greek and German artists who were inspired by Beuys’s works and ideas. Their works were presented in a special section entitled Delphi is the place to meet: 12 artists on Joseph Beuys, its title based on Beuys’s words “In Delphi one must meet!”, uttered when he visited Delphi in 1982.  

The material in the catalog highlights the artist’s dialectic relationship with the ancient Greek philosophy, culture and ideas through the exemplary way he approaches it to create art. The material also emphasizes classical antiquity as the common background for many artists, thus contributing to the creation of cultural bonds between Greek and foreign artists and the search for common ground.


Leonidas-Phoebus Koskos
Ira Papadopoulou
Artemis Potamianou
Yiannis Melanitis
Rea Thönges- Stringaris

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was born in Krefeld in northwest Germany. He was among the most influential visual artists in postwar Europe and America. With his work, Beuys transgressed conventional limits and gave art a more active social role. Beuys witnessed and participated in historical events that shook the 20th century and at the same time, created for himself the persona of an activist artist. Through a dialectic with Fluxus and the Romantics, Beuys formed his concept of Social Sculpture, according to which all of society can be perceived as a huge work of art. Joseph Beuys was a pacifist, an advocate for environmental issues, and a political activist. He was a founding member of the “Organization for Immediate Democracy through Referendum”, the “Free International University of Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research” and the Party of the Greens.

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