CAIRO – 27 October 2017: A 2017 documentary on German performance artist and sculptor Joseph Beuys, titled “Beuys”, will be screening at Zawya Cinema as part of their “Panorama of European Film” event from November 8-18.
Joseph Beuys, who passed away in 1986, was a uniquely experimental German artist active during the 20th century. He was renowned for his outrageous performances. One of his performances, titled “I Like America and America Likes Me” (1974), featured the artist staying in a room with a live coyote for 8 hours over 3 days, armed with nothing but a cloak and straw. He widely used felt for his pieces, claiming it had saved his life during World War II, after he was shot out of a plane and rescued by Tartars, who wrapped him in the material.
Directed by Andres Veiel, the documentary uses a wide range of archived interviews and shots of the artist, which help piece together a unique portrait of his life and career. “Beuys” premiered in Germany on May 18.