Here we offer an extensive and significant collection of over 360 announcement cards, invite cards, publicity cards, announcement leaflets and other postcards by Joseph Beuys.
The collection currently consists of 324 cards and documents from July 1964 to artist’s unexpected death in January 1986 and a number of additional posthumous cards. The vast majority of these cards are directly related to solo exhibitions – of which Beuys had around 180 during his life time – hence this is a large proportion of all the Beuys invitation cards issued.
Berlin: Galerie Rene Block, March 1971 15 x 10.5cm, announcement card with a typographic design for a group show with works by Beuys, Boehmler, G. Brecht, S. Brouwn, Darboven, Dibbets, Filliou, Gosewitz, Graham, Koepcke, Knoebel, Lewitt, Manzoni, Panamarenko, Palermo, Polke, G. Richter, Rot, Ruthenbeck, Vautier, Vostell et al. VG+.
Dusseldorf, Vice Versand, 1971
21 x 10cm, 3pp (single sheet printed recto only). The promotional card for the object multiple Der Tisch (a film of the aktion of the same name where Anatol Herzfels, Ulrich Meister, Joachim Duckwitz, Johannes Stuttfen sat at a table reading texts while Beuys made a "hand-aktion" in the corner of the room. One image of the multiple (a film of the event in canister painted with Braunkreuz) reproduced. VG+.
Dusseldorf: Galerie Schmela, 1971 21 x 30cm, 4pp black and red on white card announcement. Three black and white photographs of Beuys performances taken by Ute Klophaus are displayed full sheet. The images are from the performance Celtic+ from 1971 where Beuys took gelatine from a prepared wall and collected in on a platter as part of the event. This is usually regarded as symbolic of the collection of ideas and energy. VG+.
Koln: Art Intermedia, 1971
14.8 x 21cm, 6pp folded single folded sheet of card with image of Beuys, a short overlaid text and an exhibition history of the artist (mentioning only 5 previous solo shows although that is not accurate), on the reverse there is anopther text on Beuys by Heiner Bastian. VG+.
Koln: Art Intermedia, 1971
16 x 23cm, printed envelope with an image of Beuys and a text about the edition Tragetasche mit Filzplastik. This envelope is hand addressed to the Fluxus artist Jeff Berner. Slight wear from the postal experience else VG.
Heidelburg: Edition Staeck, 1972 15 x 10.5cm, 2pp artist postcard with the famous image of Beuys marching towards the camera - released as part of the Seri D Originalgrafik edition by the publisher. This example has a Die Grunen rubber stamp impression (with leaf motif) in green on the back along with an FIU stamp as well as short handwritten notes by Richard Demarco and Joseph Beuys - dated 29/1/1981. A mailed example but still in VG+ condition.
Koln: Interfunktionen, n.d. (1972) 15 x 10.5cm, 2pp subscription card promoting the ninth number of the conceptual art journal. Lists contributions from Beldessari, Baumgarten, Beuys, Didier Bay, Terry Fox, Dan Graham, Hans Haacke, Friedrich Heubach, Will Insley, Jurgen Kramer, Dennis Oppenheim, Steve Reich, William Wegman and Signmar Polke. The front of the card reproduces a poster designed by Polke for the magazine. VG+. Scarce.
Franfurt: Galerie Loehr, 1972
16.5 x 21cm, 2pp announcement card printed on mirror card - on the front is a scene from the "Titus/Iphigenie" Abisfag Tullmann Aktion from 1969 where Beuys performed on stage with a horse. The exhibition showed the "Fitz Tv" and "Eurasienstab" aktions on film. VG+.