August 1973

Edinburgh: Demarco Gallery, 1973
9 x 14.2cm, 1pp black on yellow typographic card for the twelve hour lecture by Beuys during the Edinburgh International Festival. The full title of the lecture was "The Twelve Hour Lecture: A Homage to Anacharsis Cloots" and it took place at Melville College. Edinburgh - a public school for the rich (which really is inappropriate for Beuys's message but then not surprising or unusual for the Demarco Gallery to use such places of privilege as venues). VG+ Rare....

Munster: Westfalischer Kunstverein, 1973
21 x 14.8cm, 80pp plus card covers. Artist's book which coincided with the title museum exhibition. The belongings of a person from Oxford are shown in 344 b/w small photographs as displayed in the museum. This is an archiving of someone's life through their ownership of things - allowing the viewer to make an interpretation of character despite the anonymity of the person.
This exhibition had been previously shown in the UK at Oxford and a similar publication made.
Boltanski's widely circulated proposal letter sent to various institutions to create the exhibition is reproduced as foreword in three languages and it is clearly important to the artist to have this text on view. One is tempted to assume out of revenge for those institutions that turned down his idea but it is hard to see the amiable artist as having such motives. When one realises that the rejection letters from a number of institutions are also reproduced at the back of the book thus making the artist's point a second time one can gleam a different motive: the lack of response to the idea becomes part of the project - the rejection of such a cataloguing of someone's life as perhaps being uninteresting by the Museum boards is an important marker to how society discards citizens who are deemed "unimportant". Texts in German, French and English. VG+.

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Tokyo: Lufthansa, 1973.
9.6 x 16.4cm, printed and embossed envelope signed by Beuys on front content of a card. First day cover with stamps commemorating a flight from Germany to Tokyo via Moscow on 6 August 1973. Presumably Beuys was on that flight as a guest or saw it as significant in some way. A second person has signed the envelope also in red felt pen (if you recognise the signature please do inform us). Unique thus and with no known reference in the literature. VG+>

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Edinburgh: Richard Demarco Gallery, 1973
30 x 21cm exhibition catalogue consisting of outer 4pp folded cover and 5 sheets of insets. Boltanki had intended to create a transparent front step for the Demarco gallery thus freezing the ground underneath in a state of unchanging stasis for at least ten years however the, then, parochial right wing local authority refused him permission and the correspondence between artist, gallery and council and a reproduced photograph of the prototype step in situ are reproduced herein. Very rare and unknown early exhibition catalogue and work (or rather non-work).
When we gave Boltanski a copy of this catalogue in 2018 he had forgotten about the installation and had no idea that Demarco had published this catalogue (and without Boltanski's permission - although the artist did not seem to mind). VG+.

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