Robert McDowell curates an installation of art, prints, photographs, publications and objects of and about Joseph Beuys who remains a major inspiration of Summerhall. The focus is the overlap of Art & Science and Beuys in Edinburgh and in Basel.
To mark 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, we show the Codices Madrid drawings (1975) by Beuys. And his Arena collection (now in DIA Foundation New York) made in 1969/70 for Richard Demarco’s Strategy Gets Arts (Edinburgh, 1970). This is third in a series of shows by McDowell called “Beuys in 1,000 items.” As an artist & educator, Beuys bridged across arts & sciences, finding long term social & philosophical relevance that, 500 years from now if humankind survives that long, we shall still be considering much as we remain fascinated by Leonardo.
Summerhall’s Director, McDowell, was Beuys’s collaborator and teaching assistant in the 1970s. Richard Demarco, whose collections are at Summerhall, brought Beuys to Edinburgh many times in those years. Beuys died in 1986, but lives on centre stage in the world’s leading art museums, nowhere more loved or admired than in this corner of Europe.