Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys. Every Man is An Artist

1978

Original title
Joseph Beuys. Jeder Mensch ein Künstler
Medium
Print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 610 x 415 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00704

Display caption

In 1973, Beuys explained the thinking behind his most famous phrase, ‘Every man is an artist’: ‘Only art is capable of dismantling the repressive effects of a senile social system that continues to totter along the deathline: to dismantle in order to build A SOCIAL ORGANISM AS A WORK OF ART. This most modern art discipline – Social Sculpture/Social Architecture – will only reach fruition when every living person becomes a creator, a sculptor, or architect of the social organism.’

Gallery label, November 2015