Joseph Beuys

wer nicht denken will fliegt raus

01 June – 23 October, 2021

Galerie Klüser

Joseph Beuys would have been 100 years old on 12 May, 2021. Our collaboration with one of the greatest artists of the century began 50 years ago – a defining moment for Edition Schellmann + Klüser, for our gallery, and the private collection.

It all began in 1971 with the publication of the first catalogue raisonné of his multiples (now in its 8th edition). Subsequently, we were able to publish numerous editions up until 1985, and also present over 25 solo exhibitions during the artist’s lifetime and afterwards. A scandal was triggered by the installation “zeige deine Wunde”, which Beuys set up for us in what was then still a reactionary Munich in 1976. It was acquired by the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus in 1979.

A large number of important works from the gallery’s collection and others acquired through our mediation are now in key international museums such as the Tate Gallery in London, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Kunstmuseum in Basel, Kunsthalle Hamburg, and the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. In respect to the Pinakothek, in addition to the placement of the environment “The End of the 20th Century” and the gallery collection of 280 multiples, we were able to supplement the museum’s holdings with a private donation of many objects and the permanent loan of 10 sculptures as well as 150 drawings.

This retrospective survey could be supplemented with numerous activities in the context of Beuys: collaboration with the artist and museums, in-house publications, films, text contributions for international exhibition catalogues, and last but not least, the exhibition of Beuys portraits by Andy Warhol, which opened in the gallery with both artists present in 1980.

The intention of the current extensive exhibition in both galleries is to continue our traditional cultivation of Beuys’ œuvre. On display are several objects and sculptures, 25 drawings from all his creative periods, and a selection of multiples and prints – appropriately for the occasion, amounting to a total of over 100 works. In addition, the gallery is able to offer a block of more than 300 editions. This can be acquired only in its entirety and contains many of the early, rare multiples such as “Evervess”, “Schlitten”, “Filzanzug”, “Silberbesen” and “Schweigen”.

The title-giving sentence is a quote from Joseph Beuys. An appeal for independent thought and action, which is naturally inherent in his artistic œuvre.

Bernd Klüser


Exhibition at Galerie Klüser 2 only until 4 September. At Galerie Klüser (Georgenstr. 15) extended until 23 October.

Selected Works

Aus dem Buch Zeichnungen I (1947-59, 1974)

Pencil on cardboard, Hauptstrom stamp

35,7 x 27,2 cm

Joseph Beuys, Edition, print

About the artist

Die enge Zusammenarbeit mit Joseph Beuys (*1921, Krefeld) bildete lange Zeit den Schwerpunkt der Galerie- und Editionstätigkeit von Bernd Klüser. Als Aktionskünstler, Bildhauer, Zeichner und Kunsttheoretiker hinterließ Joseph Beuys ein beachtliches Spektrum an gattungsübergreifenden Arbeiten, die sich mit den Kern- und Sinnfragen der Kunst, Gesellschaft und ihren Systemen auseinandersetzen. Seine Ideen entwickelten sich sowohl aus naturwissenschaftlichen als auch kreativen und intuitiven Ansätzen. Dabei betrachtete Beuys seine Werke im Kontext eines Sender-Empfänger-Modells mit denen er seine Botschaften nach außen tragen und übermitteln konnte.

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