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149 Ratings


Directed by Andres Veiel
Germany, 2017
  • German
  • English


A chronicle of the life and work of the iconoclastic, 20th-century German sculptor and performance artist Joseph Beuys.

Our take

Whether you view him as an innovator, a hack, or are entirely unfamiliar, this multi-angled doc-portrait captures the beautiful chaos of the great modernist artist Joseph Beuys. This most divisive figure is unfurled with irresistible exactitude, salacious archival footage, and riveting interviews.

Beuys Directed by Andres Veiel

Critics reviews

The makers of the compelling documentary character study Beuys effectively convey Cold War–era German performance artist Joseph Beuys’s infectious presence and democratic ideals by emphasizing photographs and video recordings of Beuys at work rather than leaning too much on contextualizing interviews with modern-day Beuys experts.
January 17, 2018
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Even if you don’t need Beuys justified or explained to you, the movie is an exhilarating portrait of a unique truth-teller.
January 16, 2018
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