Pinakothek der Moderne

R/evolution on Paper. Drawings from Five Centuries - The Klüser Collection

18 Oct 2012 - 24 Feb 2013

Joseph Beuys
Untitled, 1958
Hare’s blood, ferric chloride, fat, pencil
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2012
18 October 2012 - 24 February 2013

In terms of its compactness and diversity, the collection of drawings, watercolours, woodcuts and collages by Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), held in the private collection of Bernd and Verena Klüser can rightly be described as unique in the world. Many of the sheets were acquired from the 1970s onwards directly from the artist, with whom the passionate Munich collectors and gallery owners enjoyed close personal ties.

When it came to his own work, any form of notation on paper constituted a drawing for Beuys, be it the commentary to a conversation, formulas for relationships involving political, physiological and mystical phenomena, or traditional graphic forms. In all of this Beuys always saw the graphic medium as the testing ground for his ideas. The exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne of some 150 works from the Klüser collection aims to capture the essence of Beuys in his "entirety" as seen in the context of his works on paper.

Concurrent to the show, the Alte Pinakothek is presenting a selection of around 200 sheets from the Klüser collection, which opens up a unique panorama of the art of fine drawing from the 16th to the 21st century.

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