22/04/2013

JOSEPH BEUYS AND THE SHAMAN MARTINO NICOLETTI EXHIBITION

JOSPEH BEUYS AND THE SHAMAN

A MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION

CURATED BY MARTINO NICOLETTI

Joseph Beuys and the shaman: a multimedia exhibition as a concrete example of dialogue between contemporary art and anthropology

Inspired by the rare and precious collection of Joseph Beuys's "blackboards" (created in 1980 during a visit to Perugia and currently hosted in a dedicated section at the Museo di Palazzo Penna) the exhibition's -- held in 2011-2012 and curated by the ethnologist and artist Martino Nicoletti -- enlightened the visitor about shamanic elements characterising the work and thought of the German artist.

In this sense, besides written information, documentary photographs, images and objects directly related to Beuys artworks and Himalayan shamanic art, the exhibition provided visitors with a selection of artistic videos, multimedia installations and sound sculptures, created by various artists and inspired by the cosmology and visionary universe of Asian shamanism. 

It was indeed thanks to this set of artworks that the concrete presence of Beuys's blackboards and a series of shamanic ritual artefacts on show at the exhibition could fluidly and osmotically communicate, providing access to a wider understanding in which art and content relating to the remote world of Asian shamanism could merge. 

An original video documentary -- curated by Marco Nicoletti and elaborated on the basis of visual documents related to Beuys' work and interviews to international experts as Michal Oppitz and Italo Tomassoni -- provides a series of critical contents related to Joseph Beuys and his connection to the world of Asian shamanism. 

Catalogue of the exhibition: Nicoletti Martino, "L'uomo che dialogava con il coyote: una breve incursione sul tema Joseph Beuys e sciamanesimo", ("The Man who Talked with the Coyote: About Joseph Beuys and Asian Shamanism"), Roma, Exòrma, 2011.

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