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Henning Christiansen, Bjørn Nørgaard—MANRESA HAUPTBANHOF

An Homage to Joseph Beuys

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A collection of materials and essays contextualizing a performance by Christiansen and Nørgaard in homage to Joseph Beuys.

Joseph Beuys performed one of his most radical pieces, the action Manressa, on December 15, 1966, at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf. He was accompanied by the Danish artists Henning Christiansen and Bjørn Nørgaard, who, in 1994, created Manresa Hauptbahnhof (Manresa, Central Station), a new performance in homage to the original. The performance was carried out in Manresa, the city that both gave the name to the original action and was where Saint Ignatius Loyola had the revelations that led him to write his Spiritual Exercises, which Beuys considered essential reading.

This book brings together all the material related to the 1994 performance—including images, scripts, and preparatory drawings—as well as a selection of critical texts that situate the action within its European context. In one essay, Friedhelm Mennekes analyses the action by delving into its spiritual meaning, exploring the symbolism of the objects employed. In another, Pilar Parcerias uses the metaphor of the central station to discover the city of reference and redraw the map of Europe with unexpected connections between Manresa and Copenhagen. In the final essay, Peter van der Meijden contextualizes the two performances, which represented a meeting place for different artistic personalities working on the cutting edge in creating a new form of art.

160 pages | 130 color plates, 5 halftones | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2

Art: Art--General Studies, European Art

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Table of Contents


Scores and preparatory drawings
Images of the performances
Henning Christiansen – Time
Henning Christiansen – Reality Multiplied by Three. Four Epistles on Joseph Beuys’ Working Methods
MENNEKES- I fly to you, Manresa
PARCERISAS – A journey and an invocation
Peter Van der Meijden -

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