August 22, 2008

Deutsche Bank is showing works by Joseph Beuys and his students at the Kunstmuseum Ahlen

Under the title “To be a teacher is my greatest work of art,” taken from a quote by the famous artist, Deutsche Bank is showing for the first time 150 works on paper by Joseph Beuys and his students at the Kunstmuseum Ahlen from August 24 to November 30, 2008. With the exhibition, curated by Friedhelm Hütte, who is responsible for the bank’s worldwide art activities, Deutsche Bank is continuing its successful cooperation with the Kunstmuseum Ahlen.

“To be a teacher is my greatest work of art” juxtaposes works by Joseph Beuys with works of his students and thus reveals Beuys’ artistic and personal influence as well as the productive reciprocal effects of the interaction between professor and students. On view in addition to the Beuys works are drawings, photographs, and print graphics by the following Beuys students: Peter Angermann, Lothar Baumgarten, Walter Dahn, Felix Droese, Imi Giese, Jörg Immendorff, Anselm Kiefer, Imi Knoebel, Inge Mahn, Ulrich Meister, Meuser, Blinky Palermo, Reiner Ruthenbeck, Katharina Sieverding, and Norbert Tadeusz. The exhibition takes a look back by showing works by Ewald Mataré, with whom Beuys himself studied.

From 1961 to his spectacular dismissal in 1972, Beuys taught over 300 students at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Many were strongly influenced by their professor and achieved international fame. The impact of the famous artist as mentor was of overriding importance in this development. Beuys motivated his students to take their own paths. A film shown at the exhibition entitled “Joseph Beuys and His Students”, which was directed in collaboration with Beuys in 1971, gives insight into the interaction between teacher and students.

Joseph Beuys and Deutsche Bank had a special relationship. Beuys knew the Spiritus Rector of the collection, Herbert Zapp, personally and on Zapp’s invitation visited the 37th floor of the Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, which is devoted to Beuys’ work. The floor below in the twin towers, which is currently being modernized, provided space for works by Beuys’ students. Numerous works by Joseph Beuys have been shown in exhibitions of art in the Deutsche Bank Collection. In 1996, for example, “Joseph Beuys / Walter Pichler. Drawings” juxtaposed an important set of drawings owned by the bank with paper works by the Austrian sculptor and drawer Walter Pichler. Ten years later, a show entitled “All in the present must be transformed: Matthew Barney and Joseph Beuys” had its premiere at the Deutsche Guggenheim museum, a joint venture between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
The Ahlen exhibition features core works from the Deutsche Bank Collection, which with more than 53,000 works worldwide comprises one of the world’s largest corporate art collections and is the most important collection of drawings and photographs since 1945. Under the motto “Art Works,” Deutsche Bank has for 30 years collected international art on paper, a medium in which innovative ideas and concepts find immediate expression.

The exhibition project is a highlight of the Kunstmuseum Ahlen’s four-year cooperation with Deutsche Bank. Since 2004, the Deutsche Bank Collection has repeatedly made individual works or segments available to the museum for exhibitions. Starting with “Auf den Spuren von March Chagall” (In Pursuit of Marc Chagall) (2003/2004) and extending to the presentation of “Victor Krauss” (2007/2008), a selected exhibition at the venue has been sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Stiftung every year.

On the occasion of the exhibition a postcard edition will be published which consists of 13 postcards and an accompanying booklet with texts about the exhibition. The box will be available at the price of € 14.
The exhibition will be accompanied by:

The film “Joseph Beuys and His Students,” 1971, directed by Hans Emmerling

Showings of the film “Ich. Immendorf,” 2007, Directed by Nicola Graef

On three Thursdays, September 18, 2008, October 16, 2008, and November 13, 2008, at 7.30pm respectively

Guided tours, Sundays at 3.30pm and

Kunstmuseum Ahlen
Museumsplatz 1
56227 Ahlen
Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri 2pm-6pm, Thu 2pm-8pm, Sat, Sun, holidays 11am-6pm


For further information please contact:

Deutsche Bank

Dr. Klaus Winker     
Phone: +49(69)910-32249    

Britta Färber
Phone: +49(69)910-35960  

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