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Dept, Territory, Utopia

By (author) Eugen Blume
By (author) Catherine Nicols


  • Includes 40 modern, contemporary, and old master artists exploring the complex relationship between human creativity and capital inspired by the Joseph Beuys installation Das Kapital Raum 1970-1977
  • A beautifully illustrated catalogue which includes paintings, photographs, graphic works and objects, both modern and ancient, from worldwide collections
  • Accompanied an exhibition at the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof (Berlin) from July 2 - November 16 2016
Full Description
This show develops themes based on the Joseph Beuys work Das Kapital Raum 1970 1977 (created in 1980 for the Venice Biennale), one of his largest environment pieces, now on indefinite loan to the Hamburger Bahnhof. It explores a dialogue between art works of different periods around the role of art as intellectual capital, addressing the nature of capital and human creativity. The catalogue, which follows the plan of the show, is divided into three thematic sections (Debt, Territory, Utopia) and is prefaced with an essay by curator Eugen Blume on Beuys' Das Kapital Raum. The first chapter, Debt, argues that debt, both in the material and moral sense, predates money and is far more fundamental. The second chapter, Territory, explores the connections between capital, discovery, and conquest. Chapter 3, Utopia, reimagines the economic concept of capital as an intellectual asset and a creative force for the future. The catalogue also includes texts by Georges Bataille, Audre Lorde, Soren Kierkegaard, and Hannah Arendt. Featured artists include: Marcel Broodthaers, Larry Clark, Stan Douglas, Nam June Paik, Andreas Gursky, Paul Klee, Jeff Koons, Bruce Nauman, Gerhard Richter, Kurt Schwitters, Yinka Shonibare, Thomas Struth, Rosemarie Trockel, Cy Twombly, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, and Franz West.
About the Author
Eugen Blume is the director of the Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin. Since 1993 he has been worked to establish the Joseph Beuys Media Archive. Catherine Nichols is an art writer and curator. In 2013 she co-curated “The End of the Twentieth Century. The Best is Yet to Come. A Dialogue with the Marx Collection” at the Hamburger Bahnhof.
Verlag Kettler
4th Apr 2017
USA & Canada
9.73 in x 11.92 in
252 Pages
100 color, 76 b&w
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