Do Monster's Think? Nelly featured in Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys

10th June 2021, London, UK

Nelly is featured in 'Everyone Is an Artist - Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys.

As part of the Joseph Beuys exhibition at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen a beautiful edition featuring the themes and artists present in the exhibition has been released, of which Nelly was a part!

The exhibition provides profound insight into the cosmopolitical thinking of Joseph Beuys as manifested in his actions. For here—as an acting, speaking, and moving figure—Beuys examined the central and radical idea of his expanded concept of art: “Everyone is an artist”. The goal of his universalist approach was to renew society from the ground up.

An exhibition in conjunction with “beuys 2021. 100 years of joseph beuys”. A project of the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in cooperation with the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf as main organizer. The Beuys centennial year stands under the patronage of NRW Minister-President Armin Laschet.

"What I mean is that every human being is a bearer of abilities, a self-determining being, the sovereign par excellence in our time. They are an artist, whether they are a garbage collector, nurse, doctor, engineer, or farmer, Wherever they develop their abilities, they are artists." - Joseph Beuys, 1984

"What is knowledge? Who owns our thoughts? Can a monster think? Who controls what we think? Do you think you are dangerous?" - Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian, 2019
Positions in the exhibition:
Joseph Beuys, B-Town Warriors, Phyllida Barlow, Nelly Ben Hayoun-Stépanian, Fatou Bensouda, Huma Bhabha, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Angela Davis, Dusadee Huntrakul, Charles Foster, Núria Güell, Donna Haraway, Raphael Hillebrand, Jenny Holzer, Michel Houellebecq, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Zoe Leonard, Goshka Macuga, Milk Tea Alliance, Lutz Mommartz, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, William PopeL., Tejal Shah, Vandana Shiva, Santi-ago Sierra, Patti Smith, Edward Snowden, Christopher D. Stone, Suzanne Lacy, The Oto-lith Group, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Greta Thunberg.
Curated by Eugen Blume, Isabelle Malz and Catherine Nichols
Link to the exhibition HERE
Link to purchase publication HERE