Joseph Beuys, Zwei Frauen, 1955, Pencil, watercolour, gouache and iron chloride on paper, Image 21 × 29.5 cm, Frame 41 × 50 × 3 cm
The title of the exhibition Joseph Beuys. Finely Articulated originates from the main work on display Backrest for a Fine-Limbed Person (Hare-Type) of the 20th Century AD and pays homage to the master of conceptual art whose 100th anniversary of his birth was celebrated in 2021, presenting a selection of about 40 works. Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, director of the Giorgio Cini Foundation's Institute of Art History and created in collaboration with the Thaddaeus Ropac gallery and the support of Assicurazioni Generali, the exhibition offers the international public the opportunity to admire rarely exhibited works by Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, 1921 - Düsseldorf, 1986), an all-round artist - painter, sculptor, performer and theorist - one of the most influential and emblematic of the second half of the twentieth century and one of the few truly capable of making art and life coincide. Beuys considered art to cure society's ills: a positive and healing force capable of awakening individual creativity, activating political awareness and stimulating social change. His poetics and artistic practice anticipated themes and reflections that, many years later, prove to be more current than ever: the relationship between human beings and nature, peace, art understood as social commitment and spiritual research.