Andres Veiel • Germany • 2018 • An intimate look at one of the great artists of his generation.
Joseph Beuys was one of the seminal German artists of the twentieth century. After attending the Düsseldorf Academy of Fine Arts, Beuys became known for his contributions to the Fluxus movement and his work across diverse media—from happening and performance to sculpture, installation, and graphic art. His expanded concept of the role of the artist placed him in the middle of socially relevant discourses on media, community, and capitalism in ways that remain resonant still today.
Assembled from largely archival footage, Beuys underscores the singular nature of the artist’s work, which remained inextricable from his social activism. Andres Veiel’s sixth documentary premiered at Berlin, Sheffield, CPH:DOX, and the Munich International Documentary Festival, where it won the German Documentary Film Music Award.