Oak planting in honour of Joseph Beuys, courtyard Townhall Traunreut, July 2017, Photo: Franz Kimmel

The work of Joseph Beuys seems directly accessible through its archaic choice of materials, but also unsettles in its mystery. Both Joseph Beuys and the museum´s founder Heiner Friedrich were deeply engaged in the idea of an expanded art: breaking open the traditional boundaries of painting and art institutions. This became clear in their collaboration for the project "7000 Eichen" for the documenta7 in Kassel in 1982, which would probably not have been realized without funding from Friedrich´s DIA Art Foundation. The city-wide "Oak planting in honor of Joseph Beuys" is a cooperation of the foundation DASMAXIMUM with the city of Traunreut and commemorates this groundbreaking art project.

Point of departure for the guided tour is the oak with basalt stone in the courtyard of the Traunreuter town hall which illustrates Joseph Beuys' idea of "social sculpture". Selected drawings and prints from the museum´s archive provide a deeper insight into the artist's thinking and understanding of art.

An important part of Beuy's artistic work was his teaching at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. The work of Beuys students Imi Knoebel and Blinky Palermo highlights the not always obvious relationship between teacher and student.

Guided tour by the VHS Traunreut around DASMAXIMUM
led by Dr Maria Schindelegger
Meeting point in the courtyard of the town hall, 10 a.m.

VHS Traunreut e.V., Marienstraße 20, 83301 Traunreut
Tel: 08669 86480, Fax: 08669 864828, info@vhs-traunreut.de