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Felt: Fluxus, Joseph Beuys, and the Dalai Lama

Chris Thompson

Abstract

This book provides a nonlinear look at the engagement of the postwar avant-garde with Eastern spirituality, a context in which the German artist Joseph Beuys appears as an uneasy shaman. Centered on a highly publicized yet famously inconclusive 1982 meeting between Beuys and the Dalai Lama, arranged by the Dutch artist Louwrien Wijers, this book explores the interconnections among Beuys, the Fluxus movement, and Eastern philosophy and spiritual practice. Building from the resonance of felt, the fabric, in both Tibetan culture and in Beuys’s art, the book takes as his point of departure Deleuze ... More

Keywords: Eastern spirituality, avant-garde, Joseph Beuys, Dalai Lama, Louwrien Wijers, Fluxus movement, felt, fabric, Fluxus artists, Tibetan culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816653546
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816653546.001.0001

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Chris Thompson, author

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