History of Galerie Klüser

1978 until today

Galerie Klüser was founded by Bernd Klüser in 1978 in Munich. From the beginning, it represented internationally renowned artists such as Joseph Beuys, Tony Cragg, Enzo Cucchi, Jannis Kounellis, Mimmo Paladino and Andy Warhol.

Close collaboration with Joseph Beuys in particular was a key focus of Bernd Klüser’s gallery and edition activities for many years. This began even before the gallery was founded, with editions that Bernd Klüser initially published together with Jörg Schellmann in 1970 (Edition Schellmann & Klüser existed until 1985), as well as the publication of the first catalogue raisonné of Joseph Beuys’ multiples.

The first exhibitions and collaborations with Andy Warhol, Tony Cragg, Julião Sarmento, James Brown and Alex Katz, among others, took place in the gallery’s earliest years. Exhibitions by Cindy Sherman, Gilbert & George or David Salle (with Picabia), among others, were also shown early on. In the 90s, these were followed by exhibitions of work by Sean Scully, Jan Fabre, Christian Boltanski and Olaf Metzel.

Series of works such as “Beuys by Warhol” or Warhol’s Lenin portraits were published in direct collaboration, as well as numerous portfolios of prints by individual artists including Sean Scully or a combination of several artists, and sculpture projects with Tony Cragg, Enzo Cucchi and Mimmo Paladino.

Julia Klüser has been a partner in the company since 2001. From 2002 until 2022, the gallery ran a second exhibition space – Galerie Klüser 2 – in the immediate vicinity of Museum Brandhorst and Kunstareal Munich. The first exhibitions with younger positions such as Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Lori Nix, Constantin Luser, Natalia Załuska, Bernardí Roig, Jorinde Voigt and Gregor Hildebrandt were shown here. Large group or solo exhibitions were also presented quite frequently in both galleries.

In 2016, Bernd Klüser received the F.E.A.G.A. (Federation of European Art Galleries Association) award for exemplary and sustainably effective communication of art during Art Basel.

In 2018, the gallery showed a major solo exhibition of works by Anish Kapoor for the first time.

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