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Beuys (still a discussion)

2007

Photographic print on fabric (image reproduced from Joseph Beuys We Go This Way by Caroline Tisdall (London, 1998))

A4 wall panel

Two emails by Oliver Dowling

Vitrine with a reconstruction of Beuys' sculpture Irish Energies, 1974, made from peat briquettes and Kerrygold butter

Original signage of the Carnegie Free Library and Museum, now Limerick City Gallery of Art, rearranged to spell Beuys

 

An installation revolving around Joseph Beuys’ visit to Ireland in September 1974. He viewed Ireland of the 1970s as a location for art's social integration to be further understood, and was involved in the potential establishment of the Free International University in Milltown, Dublin. Beuys’ sculpture Irish Energies was conceived and made during a journey between Dublin, Limerick and Cork. Archival material and printed emails further discuss the circumstance of the trip, in particular conflicting reports about attendance at Beuys’ presentation in Limerick. Through looking at incidental details around the time, the presentation acts as an open-ended sounding, proliferating more questions about the potentiality of social change through artistic practice.