Artists as Teachers
"To be a teacher is my greatest work of art." This programmatic statement by Joseph Beuys proves how seriously he took his job as professor at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. The quote also provides the title for a show by the Deutsche Bank Collection that juxtaposes works by Beuys with that of his students. The occasion leads us to dedicate the current issue of db artmag to the theme "Artists as Teachers" +++ At the academy, Joseph Beuys always encouraged his students to pursue their own personal path. Now, "To be a teacher is my greatest work of art" shows 150 works on paper by Beuys and his most important students from the Deutsche Bank Collection. Achim Drucks on the show at the Kunstmuseum Ahlen +++ The Brazilian art star Vik Muniz founded an art school in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro and employs street kids in his studio. Morgan Falconer met with Muniz for an interview +++ Thomas Bayrle retired six years ago, but the former teacher at the Städel School in Frankfurt is more popular than ever. Daniel Völzke on the German Pop Art pioneer +++ For her exhibition in Berlin, Ayse Erkmen had to recreate many of her temporary installations. This fits the artist’s strategy quite well, as the core of her works is their concept—an approach that she also teaches to her students.