How | Lecture: Gregor Jansen Joseph Beuys and German Art after World War II
How Art Museum will cooperate with Section of Culture and Education of the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany Shanghai to present the lecture entitled Joseph Beuys and German Art after World War II delivered by Dr. Gregor Jansen, distinguished curator of the exhibition
Time: 19:00-21:00, January 18, 2018
Location: 101, Cross Tower, No. 318 Fuzhou Road, Shanghai
Sponsor: Section of Culture and Education of the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany Shanghai
Co-organizer: How Art Museum (Shanghai)
About the Lecture
Joseph Beuys was born in Krefeld, Germany in 1921. He was praised as “the first artist that faced the fascism and the massacre and took it as an avant-garde art theme”. Beuys’s artistic concept and artistic practice constantly reveal the new possibilities of shaping the social and political culture and expanding the road of German art. After World War II, Beuys studied at the Düsseldorf Art Academy and began teaching here in 1961. During this period, he used the radical idea of “Social Sculpture” to define the “extended art concept” and was suspended because of his abolishing the admittance standard of the college – his class was open to all students, even those not admitted. Afterwards, he founded the “Free International University”.
At this lecture, Dr. Gregor Jansen, curator of the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf and specially invited curator of the exhibition “Lettres Du Voyant: Joseph Beuys x Nam June Paik” to be open at How Art Museum, will discuss Beuys’s proposals on “Social Sculpture” and “Everyone is an artist” in depth, and a series of questions including how Beuys’s works reflect postwar German cultural form.
About the Exhibition
The exhibition “Lettres Du Voyant: Joseph Beuys x Nam June Paik” (2018.1.20-5.13) will present the most important artistic works of German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) and American Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932-2006), and discuss the cooperation and close relationship between these two avant-garde artists in the art movement in the 20th century. As for Joseph Beuys, the exhibition will include the representative performance art video, installation, signature edition duplicate, retrospective literature and documentary in his artistic career.
About the Guest
Specially invited curator of the exhibition “Lettres Du Voyant: Joseph Beuys x Nam June Paik” held by How Art Museum (Shanghai)
Gregor Jansen was born in Nettetal at Lower Rhine in 1965. He is an art historian who has been the Curator of the Kunsthalle Dusseldorf since January 2010. His doctoral thesis took Berlin painter Eugen Schönebeck as the research object. Since 1991, Jansen has been engaged in such positions as exhibition supervisor, curator, lecturer, art critic, commentator. Since 2005, he has been teaching media theory, culture and visual art history at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences and ABKM.
He has planned more than 50 exhibitions since his first exhibition held in 1991, which was entitled “von Gleich zu Gleich”. In 2000, he planned the Japanese/Korean part in the transnational exhibitions “Continental migration” held in Belgium, Germany and Holland. In 2002, he was appointed curator of The Second Media Art Biennale of South Korea “Seoul the Media City”. In 2005, Gregor Jansen was appointed curator of Beijing Case, which was a scholarship program and further promoted the art research of the development of the international metropolis. This program and the exhibition “Totalstadt. Beijing Case” held in Beijing 798 Art Zone (2005) and ZKM, Germany (2006) afterwards examined the explosive growth of the city and its impact on the traditional and modern urban culture (together with CAO Fei, OU Ning, XI Chuan, HE Yanxi, Thomas Bayrle, Via Lewandowsky etc.).
Recent exhibitions planned by Jansen include “Wirtschaftswerte / Museumswert”, “SONG Dong”, “Living with Pop”, “Capitalist Realism”, “YIN Xiuzhen”, “Thomas Ruff”, “Cody Choi”, “Chris Martin”, “Tomma Abts” and “Tal R”.
Jansen not only planned a variety of highly praised exhibitions, but also was the author and editor of many modern art publications. He wrote a large number of article, and wrote comments and articles for such major art magazines as springerin, Kunstbulletin, Metropolis M, Parkett and Blitzreview.
About the Host
PhD of University of Muenster, famous writer, art critic and curator.
She was director of the editorial department of the Art World magazine, and the chief editor of the Art Division of Insight Media under China South Publishing & Media Group. She writes articles and columns for many international art magazines, pictorial books and publications, and is also the editor of the Book Town magazine. She is an academic counsellor to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai.
SHEN Qilan often cooperates with international cultural institutions and art museums in various forums, academic research and exhibition projects. She was a joint curator of the exhibition “Aura of Poetry” held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Shanghai in 2014. She acted as counsellor to the exhibition “Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou” in 2016. In 2017, she was curator of the large exhibition about Penck, postwar art master in Germany, entitled “A.R. Penck: Will metaphor come true?”
About the Cooperator
Section of Culture and Education of the General Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany Shanghai (Goethe-Institute) is a cultural institution actively engaged in cultural activities throughout the world on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany. In China, Goethe-Institut hosts and sponsors cultural activities, which cover various fields aimed at introducing the culture of Germany abroad and promoting cultural exchanges between China and Germany. Goethe-Institut is responsible for providing the latest information on cultural, social and political life in Germany and promoting exchanges between the Chinese and German industries.