In February 1974, Joseph Beuys and the German Nobel Prize winner Heinrich Böll announced the creation of the Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research (F.I.U.) with these words: ‘Creativity is not limited to people practicing one of the traditional forms of art, and even in the case of artists creativity is not confined to the exercise of their art. Each one of us has a creative potential which is hidden by competitiveness and success-aggression. To recognise, explore and develop this potential is the task of the school.’
The university, which had no fixed venue, grew as a major international collective project of creation and learning. Strongly disagreeing with the elitism of art, Beuys promoted artistic practice as a mechanism for the transformation of society. From a radically lively option, he understood that what mattered in art was not an exercise in style but the effectiveness of the message. The Free International University was active until 1988, two years after the death of Beuys.
The objects are intended to have the objective character of industrial products. They are not intended to represent anything other than what they are. The previous categorization of the arts no longer exists.