Ten years after the artist Joseph Beuys’s death, one of his students writes a letter to his former teacher. It concerns the inner processes of letting go, wrestling with a dominant mentor, and forging one’s own artistic identity. The writer of the letter had become Beuys’s student at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art at the beginning of the 1970s. After Beuys’s dismissal, he was one of a group of loyal students who stubbornly remained in the “erstwhile class of Beuys” until its definitive dissolution four years later. His daily experience of Beuys in his first semesters became the revelation of an ideal artistic existence for him. The depictions of the situation at the Academy are based on the relevant Beuys literature as well as on numerous discussions the author had with former Beuys students. The events surrounding the character of the letter-writer, which is completely fictional, blend smoothly into the accurately reported historical scenario.

Tibor Pataky

CHF 19.90

Kommode Verlag
Publishing date February 2015
208 pages, 10,5×19 CM
Soft cover, thread-sewn
ISBN 978-3-9524114-8-3
EUR 19.90