24 Hours – for Joseph Beuys

23.10., 5pm – 24.10., 5 pm
Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart

The Kunstmuseum Basel pays homage to Joseph Beuys with an experimental venture. In celebration of the artist’s centennial, around thirty invited guests will gather at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart to produce a richly varied program under the motto 24 Stunden—für Joseph Beuys. Die Ursache liegt in der Zukunft. A modular scenography of mattresses, ladders, and other materials will allow them to do things that one cannot ordinarily do at the museum—like spending the night.

In the intervening decades, Beuys’s oeuvre has been canonized and become a museum fixture; it no longer strikes us as quite contemporary. 24 Stunden—für Joseph Beuys seizes on his hundredth birthday as an opportunity to revisit real and imaginary places where he worked, but also the aesthetic ideas he championed. The program includes performances, acoustic experiments, speculations about the future, and guided walkingtours of the city, but also fatty foods. Some of the actions refer directly to historic events, while others bear a looser relation to Beuys and his open conception of the work, his social and political concerns, or his dedication to a radical pedagogy.

Admission to the 24-hour happening is free of charge

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Selected events of the program

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Polina Akhmetzyanova, Markus Bachmann, Jacqueline Burckhardt, Kijan Malte Espahangizi, Jules Pelta Feldmann, Daniel Graf, Svenja Gräfen, Jacques Herzog, Sophie Jung, Mareice Kaiser, San Keller, Anni Lanz, Luana, Senam Okuzedto, Barni Palm, Marco Papiro, Emilia Roig, Jennifer Rothenfluh, Alex Silber, Axelle Stiefel, Carlotta Thrier, Susanne Tobler (Tastelab), Lucie Tuma, Philipp Ursprung, Christine Vosseler et.al.

Team Gegenwart and the Programs/Art Education and Outreach division, with the collaboration of Stephan Müller (theater and opera director, dramaturge, and project

Ortreport and Groenlandbasel

Media partner
Radio X

Artistic Documentation
Jennifer Merlyn Scherler

24 Hours — for Joseph Beuys is supported by:

  • Fonds für künstlerische Aktivitäten im Museum für Gegenwartskunst der Emanuel Hoffmann-Stiftung und der Christoph Merian Stiftung
  • Lucius und Annemarie Burckhardt Stiftung
  • Freunde des Kunstmuseums Basel