Beuys, who served in World War II as a fighter pilot for Germany and Kelly who also fought during the war for the Allied Forces as a trooper could not be more different. Although their military past strangely unites them, their work of art divides them. On the one hand, Beuys from Westphalia defied the idea of art with his unconventional approach resulting in the Dada and Fluxus movements. On the other hand, Ellsworth Kelly forged the world of abstract art.
The two main sources of inspiration, war and returning home from service to a place of comfort and security guided. While a lot of military inspired uniforms, suits or the utilitarian outerwear remind of the prior cruelty, Meier and his design department equip their returners with felted blankets, wallpaper and postcard prints on vests, sweaters, shirts and coats –souvenirs from home. At the end of the presentation, there is just one word that sparks attention: Gesamtkunstwerk, as written on the blankets. Well done, OAMC!