Study Day | Joseph Beuys: La rivoluzione siamo noi – November 1971

On Thursday, November 18, museo Madre in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut of Naples presents a day of study dedicated to the life and work of Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, 1921 – Düsseldorf, 1986) on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the exhibition “La rivoluzione siamo noi” at Lucio Amelio’s Modern Agency gallery.

This event will be attended by scholars and art critics and will retrace the life of the artist who, with his ideas and poetics, was among the first to bring art into dialogue with the themes of ecology and social policy. A special focus is dedicated to the relationship between Beuys, the city of Naples and the South.

The meetings will be held in blended mode: the first session from 11am to 12pm online on Zoom and the second from 6pm to 8pm in person at museo Madre. For the evening in-person session, reservations are recommended at this link.


First Session | Self-Help Education: Joseph Beuys and the Free International University for Interdisciplinary Research 

from 11 to 12 am

Zoom link

The lecture is in English.

11:00 > Institutional greetings by Angela Tecce, President of the Fondazione Donnaregina per le arti contemporanee – Madre museum and Fabio Freud, Deputy Head of the Cultural Office of the German Embassy.

11:15 – 12:00 > Lecture by Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, art historian and professor of modern and contemporary art history at the University of Amsterdam, with an in-depth look at Joseph Beuys’ Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research (FIU) project, founded in the early 1970s.

The meeting is moderated by Kathryn Weir.


Second session | Joseph Beuys, Naples and “La rivoluzione siamo noi”.

from 18 to 20

Sala Madre

18:00 > Institutional greetings by Angela Tecce and Maria Carmen Morese, Director of the Goethe-Institut of Naples.

18:15 – 19:15 > Lecture by Petra Richter, historian and Beuys scholar, “Joseph Beuys. An Earthquake in the Human Head. Naples 1971 – 1985” which presents an in-depth look at all of Joseph Beuys’ work in Naples, from “The Revolution is Us” in 1971, to “Earthquake in the Palace” in 1981, to “Palazzo Regale” in 1985.

19:15 – 20:00 > Discussion with Achille Bonito Oliva, art critic, academic and essayist, and Petra Richter, moderated by Angela Tecce.


The seminar is free. Admission to the second session is permitted as long as there are places available. Please note that in order to enter the museum it is necessary to show the Green pass.