Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Centaur, black chalk, pen, with wash, © Klüser Collection.

The Klüser Collection, Drawing on Paper over Five Centuries

Théodore Géricault, Boy seen from the Backside, pencil, watercolour, © Klüser Collection.

Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino, Madonna with Child, around 1625-1635, pen, with wash, © Klüser Collection.

Andy Warhol, Lenin, 1987, collage, © Klüser Collection.

Sean Scully, Untitled, 4.28.97, 1997, watercolour on hand made paper, © Klüser Collection.


Pinakothek der Moderne
Barerstrasse 29
+ 089 24290204
Sammlung Moderne Kunst
Rooms 15-19
Alte Pinakothek
Klenze-Portal entrance
R/Evolution on Paper, Drawings
from Five Centuries – the Klüser Collection

October 18, 2012-January 18, 2013

R/Evolution, hosted by Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, includes outstanding works on paper from the private collection of Bernd and Verena Klüser of Munich. With over 200 works on paper, the Alte Pinakothek displays a panorama of draughtsmanship from the 16th to the 21st century. From the development of the medium into an independent art form during the Renaissance to its surprising reinterpretations in recent contemporary art, the exhibition is an impressive example of how drawing can offer us a very immediate, intimate glimpse of the essence and process of an artist’s creative work. Drawing is also the ideal medium for a historical comparison of the development processes of art, and is particularly appealing due to the fact that the technical prerequisites — paper, pen or quill — always remain the same.

The presentation in the Pinakothek der Moderne concentrates on 150 works on paper by Joseph Beuys who is, more than any other artist, the major focus of the Klüser Collection. These excellent artworks from the period between the 1950s and 1970s demonstrate his exceptional skills as a draughtsman and reveal how he mastered a wide variety of materials.

Evolution and Revolution in the Alte Pinakothek The selection of works presented at the Alte Pinakothek provides extraordinary insights into the art of drawing from 1500 right up the second decade of the 21st century. The exhibition looks at long-term developments — evolutions — in the medium, such as the emergence of landscape drawing as an independent form, as well as breaks with tradition — or revolutions — that take us to the fringe of the genre. In addition to works by influential artists from Italian, Dutch, German and French schools from the 16th to the 18th century, such as Guercino, Tiepolo, van Dyck and Fragonard, a further highlight are German and French drawings from the 19th century by Rottmann, Kobell, and Degas. The range of works from the 20th and 21st centuries includes drawings by Cézanne and Matisse, through to Kirchner and Giacometti … and Warhol, Beuys and Palermo. Contemporary art is also well represented with examples of graphic art by Cy TwomblyCy, Tony Cragg, and Olaf Metzel.

Experiments on paper – Joseph Beuys at the Pinakothek der Moderne For more than 40 years Bernd and Verena Klüser have amassed a collection of drawings, watercolours, woodcuts and collages by Joseph Beuys (1921-1986), which thanks to its compactness and diversity occupies a unique place in the world. Many of the sheets were acquired from the 1970s onwards directly from the artist, with whom the passionate Munich collectors and gallery owners enjoyed close personal ties. When it came to his own work, any form of notation on paper constituted a drawing for Beuys, be it the commentary to a conversation, formulas for relationships involving political and physiological phenomena as well as nature myths, or traditional graphic forms. In all of this Beuys always saw the graphic medium as the testing ground for his ideas. The exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne of some 150 works from the Klüser Collection aims to present the »entire« spectrum of Joseph Beuys’ artistic output as captured in his works on paper.

The Klüser Collection Although the original focus of the collection was on high modernism and contemporary art, collectors Bernd and Verena Klüser have also acquired numerous drawings by the Old Masters over the past two decades. This allows us today to draw inspiring links between the holistic world view of the Romantics, German Idealism and Joseph Beuys. Approaches to form such as fragmented, deliberately unfinished and random motifs can also be traced over the centuries. The Alte Pinakothek, one of the most significant painting galleries in the world, together with the Pinakothek der Moderne, one of the largest museums for the fine arts of the 20th and 21st century, form the perfect backdrop in which to present the Klüser Collection and view it within the historical context of painting, sculpture and photography.

R/Evolution auf Papier. Zeichnungen aus fünf Jahrhunderten – Die Sammlung Klüser Official catalogue to the exhibition at the Alte Pinakothek, published by Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, featuring an introductory essay by Michael Semff and texts by Christian Quaeitzsch and Christien Melzer, 240 pages, 109 colour plates, ISBN 9783981457858, available in German from October 2012.

Joseph Beuys – Zeichnungen 1945-1986: Die Sammlung Klüser Official catalogue to the exhibition at the Pinakothek der Moderne, edited by Bernd Klüser, with commentary and texts by Magdalena Holzhey and Dieter Koepplin, 400 pages, approx. 180 colour plates, Schirmer/Mosel, ISBN 3829606249, retail price € 98, available in German from October 2012.

Blinky Palermo, Untitled (Scissors 1), 1965, pencil, watercolour on hand made paper, © Klüser Collection.

Olaf Metzel, Four Headscarves, 2006, pencil, pastel on Fabriano cardboard, © Klüser Collection.

Henri Matisse, Nude from behind, 1913, lithographic chalk, © Klüser Collection.

Victor Hugo, Seascape und Insular City at Dawn, chalk, pen, with wash, © Klüser Collection

Carl Rottmann, View on the Bay of Genoa, around 1826, pencil, watercolour, © Klüser Collection.