When an exceptional artist continues one of the great novels of the century, it does make one sit up and take notice. Probably produced between 1957 and 1961, ‘Joseph Beuys Extends Ulysses by Six Further Chapters on Behalf of James Joyce’ comprises six DIN A5 format notebooks with 750 pages and 355 drawings in pencil and watercolour. Beuys personally had the first two notebooks bound for presentation purposes; notebooks 3, 4, 5 and 6 are, by contrast, still in their original condition. All six notebooks have been part of the collection of the Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt since 1996.
[Translate to English:] Joseph Beuys, Joseph Beuys verlängert im Auftrag von James Joyce den Ulysses um sechs weitere Kapitel Doppelseite aus Heft 3, Inv. Nr. HZ 10439 (030-031) © Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021
[Translate to English:] Max Liebermann, Papageienmann, 1900-1901, Öl auf Leinwand, Privatbesitz
A European Artist
As a driving force of 19th-century German art, Max Liebermann was networked with the whole of Europe and considered a link who strikingly united German with French and Dutch art. The exhibition focuses on Liebermann's artistic examination of the works of such great predecessors as Jean-François Millet and Rembrandt van Rijn, and enables a direct comparison with them.
[Translate to English:] Peale`s Mastodon, Mammut americanum, 1801
Hardly anyone knows: The Darmstadt mastodon is an American and a sensation in the history of paleontology: in 1801 it was the first mounted skeleton in North America and it was so important that president Thomas Jefferson regarded its excavation as a national matter and even Alexander von Humboldt visited it at the end of his American Journey in 1804.
Via detours the skeleton came to Darmstadt in 1854. It is a Darmstadt citizen for over 150 years, thus being a ‘Heiner’, as the locals call themselves.