Coppejans Gallery

Coppejans Gallery presents a duo exhibition from May to July with work by Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, 1921-1986) and the photographer Lothar Wolleh (Berlin, 1930-1979). Under the title "Wer nicht doen will, fliegt raus!" the intensive collaboration between the two German artists is highlighted.

The archives of the Lothar Wolleh Foundation in Berlin contain more than 900 negatives depicting Beuys. On these images, now known worldwide, we see the artist in all his facets: Beuys as a performer, educator, researcher, activist and visual artist. At the same time, the portraits also show the essential elements in Wolleh's work as a photographer: intuition and interaction. In the exhibition, precisely these core characteristics of both artists are related to each other on the basis of multiples and original objects by Beuys and analogue photos by Wolleh.

The collaboration between Beuys and Wolleh culminated in 1971 with the preparations and realization of Beuys' solo exhibition at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. There they built the exhibition together and Wolleh made the installation photos that would be depicted in the 'Unterwasserbuch': a binding of 30 PVC sheets that could be read underwater. In the end, only two copies of the book were made, one of which lies at the bottom of the sea along with a flashlight. The printed sheets eventually became the "3 Tonnen Editions" which have a special value for many collectors until today.

During the Antwerp Art Weekend, Coppejans Gallery presents an open-air project in a cage on Falconplein. The initiative is part of the activities around the centenary of Joseph Beuys and is intended to draw attention to the artist's topical value.

Several contemporary artists will interact with the public through performances and actions. Their artistic deeds link or contrast with Beuys and his intellectual legacy.

Some of the artists involved are: Thomas Betsens, Els Dietvorst, Carmine Antonio Iacolare, Mauro Powlowski, Bart Van Dijck and Adriaan Rees.

The program runs over several days and can be found on the gallery's website.