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Gerd Ludwig photographs …

Beuys by the wayside. Squatting in front of an old tree with furrowed bark, he collects soil.

Photo link: Gerd Ludwig: Joseph Beuys, 1978

Peter Sager writes:

Beuys refuses a stroll through Kleve. “Why? The countryside is much more beautiful!” We walk through a long avenue of poplars. “I’ll take some soil with me,” Beuys says, filling a plastic bag full of arable soil with his bare hands. “Where can I get something like that in Düsseldorf?” Beuys has a direct link to the earth. (…) Later, he scrapes humus from a broken pollarded willow. When Beuys is on the road, he always keep a box for soil samples in his Bentley. “I have no needs,” he says. “I have no desire to buy new clothes or go on vacation. I collect for others, I pass it on. For myself, I collect earth, different kinds of earth.” (TIME Magazine 1978)


Even as a child, Beuys collected in nature and showed what he had collected. The exhibition Cleves underground exhibition (digging beneath the ground parallel to the surface) was staged in the year 1933 , when he was 12 years old, as mentioned in his curriculum vitae/work history. A companion from Beuys’ childhood days remembers.


Remembrance of Josef Sanders

Duration: 2:17 min

Und heute …

Was hätte Beuys wohl heute in der Hand, um Erde zu sammeln?

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