The event series Social Sculptures, organised by the Goethe-Institut Cyprus within the framework of Beuys100 and curated by Marina Christodoulidou, unfolded with a workshop that led to an exhibition, which was inaugurated in September. The exhibition is now open until October 23 and a parallel programme includes guided tours, film screenings about Beuys, an online talk with art historian Rhea Thönges-Stringaris, and a round-table discussion with the participating artists and collaborators during the finissage.
Action artist, activist, sculptor, draughtsman and professor at the Düsseldorf Art Academy, Joseph Beuys would have turned 100 this year. His ideas, works and political commitment had a significant impact on the art landscape of the post-war period and the formation of contemporary and socially engaged art practices.
The exhibition Social Sculptures features the practices of eleven artists. Their artistic approaches employ different media, comprising of sound, sculpture, engraving, photography, installation and performance, some of which are participatory. Two exhibition tours, guided by Christodoulidou, will take place on October 6 and 20 at 6pm.
A highlight of the project Social Sculptures is a live talk between Christodoulidou and art historian Rhea Thönges-Stringaris, which will take place online on Thursday. In the early 70s, Thönges-Stringaris met Joseph Beuys at the documenta in Kassel. This encounter developed into a creatively intimate collaboration and friendship. In this conversation, she will reflect on Beuys’ social sculpture term, discuss the impact of his work and philosophy and talk about her collaboration with the artist.
Also on in October are two film screenings on Tuesday 12 and Monday 18, both outdoors at Goethe-Institut Cyprus. The exhibition will close with a round-table discussion with the participating artists and collaborators during the finissage, moderated by the curator, which will take place on October 22.
Exhibition and parallel events within the framework of Beuys100. For more information about the project, please visit: www.goethe.de/cyprus/beuys100. Tel: 22-674606, 22-674606