A SIGNIFICANT & EXTENSIVE COLLECTION OF ANNOUNCEMENT CARDS, LEAFLETS & POSTCARDS BY JOSEPH BEUYS. 1965 – 1986.

Here we offer an extensive and significant collection of over 200 announcement cards, invite cards, publicity cards, announcement leaflets and other postcards by Joseph Beuys.

 

The collection currently consists of 183 cards and documents from July 1964 to artist’s unexpected death in January 1986 and a small number of additional posthumous cards. The vast majority of these cards are directly related to solo exhibitions – of which Beuys had around 170 during his life time – hence this is a large proportion of all the Beuys invitation cards issued.

 

Some cards are unique, and 49 of the cards are signed by Beuys and sometimes rubber stamped.

 

This is a museum or library standard collection of these increasingly hard to find documentations of exhibitions and other artistic activities – usually created with Beuys’ agreement or participation in the design.

 

Price for the entire collection on application.

JOSEPH BEUYS FLUXUS. 1963. FIRST EVER ANNOUNCEMENT CARD.

Kranenburg: Hause Van der Grinten, 1963 20.9 x 10.6cm, 4pp. Printed only on the inside with exterior of card blank. Beuy's first ever exhibition invitation with a b/w reproduction of a linocut from 1959 and details of the Van der Grinten collection of Beuys works that were being exhibited in the family's house. The image is a drawing of a piece of ‘chain’ which was a symbolic part of the Büderich War Memorial in Büderich although Beuys typically has added symbols from magnets. It is interesting that some of the artist's formal symbolism and hermetic imagery is already present in this image. Additionally Beuys was still spelling his name as ‘Josef’ at this time (possibly after his father Josef Jakob Beuys). An extremely rare early announcement card in near mint condition. JOINT: As issued - 20.9 x 10.6cm, 1pp insert with details of the signed print issued by the Hause Van der Grinten in 500 examples. Typograsphic only.

EURASIENSTAB. 1968.

Antwerpen: Wide White Space, 1968
11 x 22.3cm, 2pp announcement card for the 82 minute film of the Beuys and Christiansen performance and the exhibition. Typographic design only - printed black on brown card. VG+.

BEUYS & CHRISTIANSEN. ICH VERSUCHE DICH FRIEZULASSEN (MACHEN). 1969.

Berlin: Galerie Rene Block, 1969 15 x 10.5cm, 1pp announcement card with a b/w image of Joseph Beuys and Herring Christiansen looking at each other. The card promoted a Fluxus concert "Ich versuche dich freizulassen (machen)" ("I am trying to set (make) you free"). The concert took placve at the start of the BLOCKADE '69 group show at the famous gallery.

BLOCKADE ’69. 1969. JOSEPH BEUYS.

Berlin: Galerie Rene Block, 1969 15 x 10.5cm, 1pp announcement card with a b/w image of Beuys' work outside the gallery (the "double spade" was previously used as part of the 24 Studen aktion in 1965). Blockade '69 was a group show in the famous gallery which included Joseph Beuys, Blinky Palermo, Karl Horst Hödicke, Panamarenko, Bernd Lohaus, Rainer Giese, Imi Knoebel, Reiner Ruthenbeck and Sigmar Polke each being given a room. Other artists were given announcement cards specific to their participation in the show. VG+.

HINTERGRUNDE II. 1970.

Koln: Art Intermedia, 1970 15 x 10.5cm, 1pp announcement card with a typographic design for a group show with Alvermann, Beuys, Spoerri, Uecker, Walther and Vostell. VG+.