Joseph Beuys

The Revolution Is Us

1972
"La rivoluzione siamo Noi" was produced to publicize a political discussion led by Joseph Beuys in a Neapolitan Gallery in 1971. The print, depicting Beuys’ “Warrior-like” posture as he walks through the courtyard of an Italian Villa wearing his trademark attire of hat, jeans, boots, and fishing jacket, is inscribed with his well-known slogan, which translates as “The Revolution Is Us.” The symbolic connotations of Beuys’ clothing – in which the hat can be read as constituting a beginning, and the “fisher of souls” jacket suggests a Shamanic or Christ-like figure – and his self-image are synonymous with his prolific career as an artist and teacher. In life, as in work, Beuys saw the fundamental links between creativity, human nature and freedom as a means of achieving an organic and revolutionary transformation of society.
Artist
Title
The Revolution Is Us
Date
1972
Medium
Print
Materials
serigraph on polyester acetate
Dimensions
191 x 102 cm
Nationality
German
Credit line
Purchased 2004
Accession number
41307