Chicago premiere! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction 2018


2017, Andres Veiel, Germany, 107 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 20th 3:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 23rd 6:00pm

“An in-depth look…brings light to a man of profound intellectual capacity in the vein of Goethe, Voltaire and Machiavelli.” — Larry Gleeson, Hollywood Glee

“Stands out for its unique approach to the work of Beuys…recognizable and less emblematic works come alive on screen.” — Joseph Proimakis, Cineuropa

This telling portrait of Joseph Beuys makes plain the audacity and intellectual depth of this avant-garde artist-philosopher, who maintained that “everyone is an artist.” Labeled “the Andy Warhol of Germany” but often ridiculed in his homeland, Beuys created daring consciousness-expanding work that reverberated through the international art world in the Sixties and beyond. He challenged the very definition of art with revolutionary performance pieces including “How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare,” “I Like America, and America Likes Me,” and “7,000 Oaks,” hailed by critics as one of the most important artworks of the 20th century. Director Veiel includes a trove of never-before-seen interviews and footage showing Beuys in action. In German and English with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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