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Joseph Beuys. Nächtliches Zypressenbild, 1945. Collection Lothar Schirmer, Munich, photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Joseph Beuys, Roter Hirsch, 1972. Collection Lothar Schirmer, Munich, photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017

Joseph Beuys. Revolutionsklavier, Installation, 1969 Bildpostkarte 10,5 x 14,7 cm. Photo: Lenbachhaus © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2017 Sammlung Lothar Schirmer, München

Joseph Beuys: Flawless Pictures 1945?1984
From November 14, 2017, to March 18, 2018, at Lenbachhaus


Berlin, Germany

On November 14, 2017, the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, in Berlin, inaugurated the exhibition titled "Joseph Beuys: Flawless Pictures 1945–1984." Featuring works from the Lothar Schirmer Collection, it is the first important exhibition centered on Joseph Beuys's works on paper. It was at Documenta III in 1964 when Lothar Schirmer first saw works on paper by Beuys. The following year, Schirmer bought a group of works that became the foundation for a steadily growing collection of hand drawings and prints by the German artist. With the active support of Beuys, Schirmer also added objects, and sculptures, among other works, to a collection that has become one of the most important about the artist. The director of a publishing house in Munich, Schirmer has developed one of Europe's foremost collections of contemporary art.

Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) was born in the city of Krefeld. Regarded as an important 20th century European artist, he became known for his early performances in which he explored the artist's role as a shaman and encouraged the public to participate—something unprecedented at the time. In 1947, Beuys began to study painting and sculpture at the Staatliche Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He also became involved with the group Fluxus, which offered him an important space for his actions and performances. In 1979, Beuys became the first living artist from West Germany to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim in New York. In 1985, a year before his death, the Fundación Caja de Pensiones in Madrid organized an exhibition that included 92 of his drawings and some photographs.




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