Joseph Beuys

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The close co-operation with Joseph Beuys (born 1921 in Krefeld, Germany) was the starting point of Bernd Klüser’s gallery and publishing activity. Up to the present day the Galerie Klüser has been representing the artist. Besides, the gallery supported and organized several museum exhibitions, is the editor of a large number of his editions and published many catalogues on the artist. In 1971 Bernd Klüser edited the first Catalogue Raisonné of the Beuys Multiples (together with Jörg Schellmann). As a performance artist, sculptor, draftsman and art theorist Joseph Beuys left a remarkable wide range of works that are posing essential and key questions of art, society and its systems. He generated his ideas from a scientifice approach as well as a creative and intuitive one. Beuys saw his artworks in the context of a transmitter-receiver model, helping him to spread his messages to the public. Thereby materials like felt, fat, chocolate and copper served as an energy carrier. After the Second World War Beuys studied at the art academy in Düsseldorf. In 1961 he was appointed professor of monumental sculpture at the same institution. During the time of his lectureship Beuys defined the “extended concept of art” with the “social sculpture” resulting in a progressive conception. When Beuys abolished the entry requirements of the academy by accepting all rejected applicants to his class, he was dismissed from his position. As a result he founded his own institution namely the “Freie Internationale Hochschule für Kreativität und interdisziplinäre Forschung“. Up to his date of death in 1986 Beuys was constantly dealing with society-related art theories and political topics.

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Biography

*1921, Krefeld, Germany. † 1986, Dusseldorf, Germany. Galerie Klüser has been representing the artist since 1971 and has exhibited his work in 10 solo and numerous group shows. The gallery has further supported and organised many museum exhibitions, is the editor of a large number of his editions and multiples and has published many catalogues on the artist.

Biography

1947-52Studies at the Academy for Fine Arts in Dusseldorf at classes of Joseph Enselig; master student at Ewald Mataré
1961-72Professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dusseldorf, Germany
Member of the “Fluxus” movement
1963-67Participation in numerous “Fluxus” Actions
Foundation of the “Deutsche Studentenpartei als Metapartei” Dusseldorf, Germany
Beginning of his political activities
1977Foundation of the “Freie Internationale Hochschule für Kreativität und interdisziplinäre Forschung e.V.“ during the documenta 5 in Kassel, Germany
1978Membership at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
1979Candidacy for the European Parliament as a representative of the German Green Party “Die Grünen”
1980Membership at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden
1986Winner of the “Wilhelm Lehmbruck” prize, Duisburg, Germany
Dies in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he lived and worked

Selected exhibitions at Galerie Klüser and Klüser 2

2020IL MONDO UMANO, Group Show
2018IL MONDO BOTANICO, Group Show
JOSEPH BEUYS – OBJECTS, DRAWINGS, EDITIONS, Solo Show
2016JUST BLACK AND WHITE, Group Show
2012SELECTED DRAWINGS, Group Show
2011HIGHLIGHTS, Group Show
2010PHOTO BASED, Group Show
2009SKULPTUREN, OBJEKTE, ZEICHNUNGEN, Solo Show
2006SKULPTUREN, OBJEKTE, ZEICHNUNGEN, Solo Show
2004ARBEITEN AUF PAPIER/OBJEKTE, Solo Show
1998SELECTED WORKS, Group Show
1997ÜBER-BLICK, Group Show

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2020KRAFTWERK BLOCK BEUYS, Hessisches Landesmuseum, Darmstadt, Germany
2019HÜLLE UND KERN. MULTIPLES VON JOSEPH BEUYS, LWL – Museum für Kunst und Kultur, Münster, Germany
SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL, Kunstraum Bogenhausen, Munich, Germany
2017-18JOSEPH BEUYS. EINWANDFREIE BILDER 1945-1985, Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
KUNST.BEWEGT.11, Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
2016JOSEPH BEUYS: INSTALLATIONS, ACTIONS & VITRINES, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2015ARTIST ROOMS: JOSEPH BEUYS, Tate Modern, London, UK
2014-15ICH BIN EIN SENDER. MULTIPLES VON JOSEPH BEUYS, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2011DIFESA DELLA NATURA, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
2010-11WE ARE THE REVOLUTION, Museum of Modern Art of Bahia, Salvador, Brasil; SESC São Paulo, Brazil
2010PARALLELPROZESSE, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K20 Schmale-Haus, Dusseldorf, Germany
ENERGIEPLAN, Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
2009IMPULS, Städtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany
SCHAMANE, Kunsthalle Krems, Krems, Austria
2008-09ZEICHNUNGEN, Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, Germany
2008IMAGINATION, INSPIRATION, INTUITION (JOSEPH BEUYS & RUDOLF STEINER), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
2007JOSEPH BEUYS UND DÜSSELDORF, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Dusseldorf, Germany
2006ICH BIN INTERESSIERT AN TRANSFORMATION, VERÄNDERUNG, REVOLUTION – JOSEPH BEUYS: ZEICHNUNGEN, Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
COYOTE, Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum, Providence, RI, USA
ZUM 20.TODESTAG, Museum Schloss Moyland, Bedburg-Hau, Germany
JOSEPH BEUYS IN AKTION, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Bonn, Germany
LEBENSLAUF=WERKLAUF, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany
2005ACTIONS, VITRINES, ENVIRONMENTS, Tate Modern, London, UK
JOSEPH BEUYS, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Liechtenstein
BARRIO – BEUYS, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Gent, Belgium
2003-04JOSEPH BEUYS IN BASEL, Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
2002JOSEPH BEUYS, Museo Guggenheim de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo, Bilbao, Spanien
1994JOSEPH BEUYS: RETROSPECTIVE, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Frankreich; Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain
1993SKULPTUR, OBJEKT, PLASTIK, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland
1991NATUR, MATERIE, FORM, Kunstsammlung NRW, Dusseldorf, Germany
TRANSIT, Kaiser Wilhelm Museum, Krefeld, Germany
1988JOSEPH BEUYS: RETROSPECTIVE, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany

Collections

Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, USA
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, USA
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C., USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Dia Art Foundation, New York, USA
Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA
National Museum Kassel, Kassel, Germany
and others

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