This exhibition at the National Museum Cardiff will bring together a range of work in different media from the extensive holdings of Joseph Beuys in the ARTIST ROOMS collection. Installed in a dedicated space in the Museum’s newly opened galleries for modern and contemporary art, the display will make powerful connections with adjacent displays from the Museum’s own outstanding collection of post-1950 art.
In particular, the exhibition will reveal Beuys’ longstanding interest in the survival of the Celtic spirit in northern Europe. Reference will be made to Beuys’ contribution to the exhibition How the Past Perishes – How the Future Becomes organised by Caroline Tisdale for the Wrexham Eisteddfod in 1977. The artist saw the Wrexham event as an extension of his seminal installation Honeypump at Documenta 6.
Beuys’ interest in the Celtic, and its particular relevance to audiences in Wales, will be explored in accompanying events and schools programme.
National Museum Cardiff