IN DIALOGUE WITH JOSEPH BEUYS’, Photographs from the 70s & 80s by Michael Ruetz and Peter Sevriens
Contemporaries of Joseph Beuys, whose 100th birthday in 2021 is now the focus of special celebrations, can fervently testify to the artist’s great ability to affect the world on the strength of personality. This applies especially to those who knew him well.
In the exhibition ‘In Dialogue with Joseph Beuys’ presented by the Van der Grinten Galerie from January through March 2021, gives two of these contemporary companions a voice, in the language of their photographic images: Michael Ruetz and Peter Sevriens.
Michael Ruetz (born 1940 in Berlin) accompanied Joseph Beuys photographically over a four-year period, from 1970 to 1974. His work includes world famous photographs such as Familie Beuys guckt Raumschiff Enterprise – The Beuys Family Watches Star Trek (which the Van der Grinten Galerie is offering in a special Collector’s Edition parallel to the Photo Book published in conjunction with the exhibition), but also numerous images that show Beuys at work – in his studio, with students at the academy, and performing art actions, such as Celtic in Basel. Together with the artist, the gallery selected the photographs in view of the overall concept of the show. The majority of the works will be seen here for the first time.
Michael Ruetz has published numerous prizewinning books, e.g. documenting the student movement of ‘68 and held a professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Braunschweig from 1982 to 2005. Ruetz lives in Berlin.
Peter Sevriens (born 1942 in Venlo, NL) after working in the antiques trade and sailing the world’s oceans, in the 70s Peter Sevriens settled in the rural Sauerland region of Germany, where has lived and worked as an artist ever since. In the early 80s, a generally curios nature and a special interest in the artists of his day led Sevriens to create a photo series of the group of internationally prominent artists associated with the Düsseldorf Akademie at the time. The images first appeared in a newspaper and later served as a source of inspiration and as base material for further visual-artistic development.
We are showing vintage prints of the photographs that arose from Peter Sevriens’ visits to the Beuys studio, some of them signed by Joseph Beuys.