KUKJE GALLERY
Joseph Beuys
(German, 1921)
 
Biography
Exhibitions
1921
Born 12 May in Krefeld ,Germany

1940
Obtained his Abitur(school degree) in Cleves.
Wants to study medicine ,but is conscripted into the military.

1941
(1941-46) Military service (radio operator,combat pilot) and prisoner of war.
In 1944 he survives a near fatal plane crash in Crimea where he is rescued from the plane wreck by Tartars.

1947
(1947-52)Studies sculpture under Josef Enseling and Ewald Matar'e at the Academy of Arts, Duesseldorf,He is Matare's master pupil until 1954.

1986
Died 23 January 1986 in Duesseldorf ,Germany


SOLO EXHIBITIONS
1953
The van der Grinten brothers hold his first one-man show in their house in Kranenberg ,Cleves ,which is then shown at the Von der Heydt-Museum,Wuppertal

1954
(1954-59) Studio in Duesseldorf.After phases of depressiv exhaustion from which he recovers by working as a farm hand on the van der Grinten farm, he opens a studio in Cleves. Marries Eva Wurmbrand in 1959.

1961
Exhibition at the Museum Haus Koekkoek in Cleves with the first publication on Beuys.
Appointed as Professor of monumental sculpture at the Academy in Duesseldorf and takes a studio and apartment there.

1962
Co-founder of the European Fluxus movement.

1963
First performance with fat at the Rudolf Zwirner Gallery,Cologne.
Siberian Symphony 1st movement, Festum Fluxorum Fluxus, at the Academy in Duesseldorf.
Joseph Beuys: Fluxus at the Haus von der Grinten in Kranenburg

1964
Festival of new art performance:actions/agitprop/decollage/happening/events/antiart/L'Autrisme/ Art Total/Refluxus
Particpates in Documenta III in Kassel with drawings and sculptures from 1951-56
Performance The silence of Marcel Duchamp is overrated in Duesseldorf .
Performance Der Chef at the Galerie Ren'e Block,Berlin.

1965
First exhibition with Galerie Schmela in Duesseldorf, Joseph Beuys....any old noose... with the performance How to explain pictures to a dead hare.

1966
Joseph Beuys:...mit Braunkreuz at the Galerie Rene' block, Berlin.
Performances Eurasia in Copenhagen and Manresa in Duesseldorf.

1967
First comprehensive presentation of his work in parallelprozess 1 at the Staedtisches Museum Abteiberg,Moenchengladbach.
Joseph Beuys: Fettraum at Galerie Franz Dahlem ,Darmstadt
Founds the German Student Party as Meta Party with Johannes Stuettgen,

1968
schildereijen ,objekten, tekenningen at the Stedelijk van Abbe Museum,Eindhoven. Beuys :Raum 563 x 491 x 563 at Kuenstlerhaus Nuernberg.

1969
Drawings 1946-1967at Kunst museum Basel,Kupferstichkabinett.
Joseph Beuys: Works from the Karl Stoeher Collection at the Emanuel Hoffman- Stiftung,Kunstmuseum Basel.

1970
Joseph Beuys: Handzeichnungen at Kunstverein Ulm, Herzog Anton-Ulrich Museum Braunschweig and at Kusthalle Kiel.
Joseph Beuys: Sammlung von der Grinten at the Palais Thurn und Taxis ,Innsbruck and Galerie St Stephan ,Wien.
Founding of the Organization for Non-Voters and Free Referendum

1971
Joseph Beuys :Zeichnungen und Objekte at the Moderna Museet,Stockholm.
Experimenta 4 in Frankfurt,where the discussion was :Why don't we finally make a democratic decision on the German Military?
Occupation of the office of the Academy in Duesseldorf

1972
Seven Exhibitions at the Tate Gallery ,London .Beuys lectures at the Tate And Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Participates in the Venice Biennale.
Beuys dismissed as a professor st the academy for 'trespassing' during the occupation of the office of the Academy :he starts legal proceedings for wrongful dismissal.

1973
Joseph Beuys: Drawings 1947-1972 at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
Joseph Beuys: Drawings from the Stroeher Collection at the Kunsthalle Tuebingen

1974
The Secret Block for a secret person in Ireland at the Museum of Mdern Art, Oxford: National Gallery of Modern Art, Edingburgh:ICA,London:Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin: and at the Arts Council Gallery, Belfast.
Performance Coyote- I like America and America likes me at the Ren'e Block Gallery, New York.

1975
Joseph Beuys: Richtkraefte at the Galerie Ren'e Block,New York
Joseph Beuys: the Hearth(Feuerstaette) at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts,New York

1976 Joseph Beuys at Galerie Konrad Fischer,Duesseldorf
Zeige Deine Wunde at the Kunstforum Muenchen.
Strapenbahnhaltstella Tram Stop 1: a monument to the future
Honorary doctorate from the Nova Scotia College,Halifax,Canada

1977
Richtkraefte at the Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin,
Documenta VI, Honey pump in the workplace and the Free International University for Creativity and Interdisciplinary Research:discussion with Rudi Dutschke.

1978
Joseph Beuys: Tracce in Italia at the Museo Aragona Pignatelli, Naples and the Palazzo Ducale,Genoa.
Joseph Beuys:Zeichnungen und Objeckte at the Kunsthalle Bremerhaven,Museum Marburg and Kunstverein Goettingen
Participates in the Venice Biennale
Dismissal as professor from the Academy declared illegal by the High Court.
Everyone an Artist lecture at the International Culture Center,Auchberg
Appointed as professor to Hochschule fuer Academy of Applied Arts,Vienna ,but declines.

1979
Matare' and His Pupils- Beuys,Haese, Heerich, Meistermann exhibition at the kestner Gesellschaft in Hanover.
Presented Plastik Fond V at the Bienale di Sao Paolo.
Neues vom Coyoten at the Galerie Ren'e Block, Berlin.
Comprehensive retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ,New York
German Candidate of the Green Party for the European Parliament.
Receives the Kaiser Ring of the city of Goslar

1980
Participates in the Venice Biennale with Das Kapital
Stripes from the Hause of the Shaman at the Anthony d'Offay Gallery,London
Joseph Beuys: Alternative policies and the work of the EU at the Richard Demarco Gallery ,Edinburgh
Campaigns as a candidate of the Green Party.

1981
Das Kapitalraum, 1970-1977 at Ink, Zuerich
Vor dem Aufbruch aus dem lager I in the kunstverein Hamburg

1982
Documenta VII: at the opening Beuys plants the first of 7,000 Oaks. Transformation:an imitation of the crown of lvan the Zeitgeist exhibition at the Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin,
curated by Christos Joachimides and Norman Rosenthal
F.I.U. Difesa della Natura at the Galerie klein ,Bonn .
curated by Heiner Bastian
Conversation with the Dalai Lama in Bonn, Germany

1983
Dumme Kiste at the Galerie Konrad Fischer, Duesseldorf
To the happy few: Sammlung Speck ,Museum Haus Lange and Museum Haus Esters ,Krefeld.

1984
Concert Coyote III with Nam June Paik at the Seibu Museum of Art in Tokyo,Japan
Drawings at the Busch-Reisiger Museum ,Harvard ,Massachusetts.
Named an honorary citizen of the city of Bolognano.

1985
7,000 Oaks at the Kunsthalle Tuebingen.
Capri-Batterie at Lucio Amelio ,Naples
Plight at Anthony d' Offay Gallery, London
Installation of Palazzo Regale at the Mused di Capodimonte,Naples
Higasshiyama: between Duesseldorf ,New York and Tokyo

1986
Receives the Wilhelm Lehmbruck Prize of the city of Duisburg
Dies in Duesseldorf,23 January.
Beuys zu Ehren at the Lenbachhaus ,Munich .
Raum 90,000 DM at the Muse'e St Pierre ,Lyon

1987
Joseph Beuys: Politische Dokumente at the Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht.
Die Soziale Palastik at the Academia di Belli Arti,Naples.

1988
Joseph Beuys: Skulpturen und Objekte at the Martin Gropius Bau ,Berlin curated by Heiner Bastian
The secret block for a secret person at the Gropius Bau,Berlin.

1990
Eine Innere Mongolei at the Kestner Gesellschaft ,Hannover.
Joseph Beuys: Werk auf Papier aus der Sammlung Heiner Bastian at the Staedtisches Museum,Abteiberg, Moenchengaldbach

1991
Transit-Joseph Beuys: Objects and drawings 1947-85 at the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum,Krefeld
Joseph Beuys: Natur,Materie,Form at the Kunstsammlung NRW, Duesseldorf

1993
Arena- where would i have got if i had been intelligent at the Dia Center of the Arts, New York.
Hauptstrom Jupiter-Joseph Beuys und die Antike at the Glyptothek,Munich
Joseph Beuys: die documenta Arbeiten der Jahre 1964-1982 at the Fridericianum, Kassel
Joseph Beuys at Kunsthaus Zuerich:Museo Nacional Centro de Reina Sofia ,Madrid:and at Muse'e national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou ,Pris,curated by Harald Szeeman