Joseph Beuys’s Multiples for the Masses

Exhibition Review

  • "Joseph Beuys: Multiples from the Reinhard Schlegel Collection"

  • Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York
  • 13 Mar 2015 - 18 Apr 2015
  • Exhibition accompanied by an illustrated publication with an essay by Eugen Blume, “Joseph Beuys: Multiple Message.”
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Joseph Beuys once said, “if you have all my multiples, then you have me completely.”1 Unfortunately the many hundreds of editions he created from the 1960s to the time of his death in 1986 are rarely seen en masse on this side of the Atlantic. And our view of Beuys is too dependent on a smattering of iconic works whose connectedness can be difficult to discern: scribbled blackboards, felt suits, photographs of the artist lecturing to a dead hare. Thus the more than 500 works in “Joseph Beuys: Multiples from the Reinhard Schlegel Collection” at Mitchell-Inness & Nash constituted a welcome corrective and the most significant presentation of Beuys’ multiples in New York to date.

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  1. Eugen Blume, “Joseph Beuys: Multiple Message” in Joseph Beuys: The Schlegel Collection of Multiples (New York: Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 2015), 5n7. []