Beuys: Art As a Weapon


Director Andres Veiel

Editor Stephan Krumbiegel, Olaf Voigtländer

Screenplay Andres Veiel

With Joseph Beuys, Caroline Tisdall, Rhea Thönges-Stringaris, Franz Joseph van der Grinten, Johannes Stüttgen, Klaus Staeck

Cinematography Jörg Jeshel

“Most Germans, regardless of their level of education or their interest in art have heard of Joseph Beuys [1921–1986]. Born in Kleve, he walked the earth like a shaman, dressed in a hat and a khaki fishing vest, offered healing thoughts, aktionen (happenings) and confusing installation pieces suggesting ways to heal a wounded post-war Germany. 

His personal legend includes being a member of Hitler youth, a gunner with the Luftwaffe and getting shot down over the Caucasus. His pilot died but he survived and, according to his story (which is gently questioned in the film), the Tartars rolled him in fat and wool until he could be brought to a hospital. Consequently, fat and wool figure prominently in his work.

 Beuys shows you the man, his interactions with the press, his inner family life and the dilemmas he faced in his career: from youthful depression to starting a counter-cultural revolution.”— Rene J. Meyer-Grimberg, Berlin Film Journal

“Veiel’ s film strives to not only invite viewers to reminisce over the importance of Beuys’ work, but also provide us with an insight into the workings of a true anti-conformist’ s mind.”— Josef Proimarkis, Cineuropa