tot 08.05.21
— 10.00u


Stijn Coppejans and Antoon Melissen will discuss the exhibitions in the M HKA and Coppejans Gallery and the new book by Lothar Wolleh about the collaboration between Beuys and Lothar Wolleh.

About the two-part publication:

In January 1971 Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, 1921 - Düsseldorf, 1986) had his first museum exhibition outside the German-speaking world, at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Photographer Lothar Wolleh accompanied Beuys to Stockholm and documented the design of this exhibition. These photos formed the basis of an exceptional project, an artist's book compiled under both their names that eventually gained fame under the title Unterwasserbuch (Onderwaterboek).

This publication contains the re-edition of this artist's book, the first part of this cassette. The second part of the cassette reconstructs the rich and wonderful history of "Project Unterwasserbuch" with previously unpublished photos, sketches, concepts and correspondence. Together, these books chart the trials and tribulations of Joseph Beuys and Lothar Wolleh's "Unterwasserbuch project". They are an imprint of the creative discourse of the early 1970s, but they also tell the story of two kindred spirits.

Antoon Melissen (red.)
Kerber Verlag, two books in a slipcase, English / German edition, 101 ill.
  • Book 1: reprint artist's book, 64 pages
  • Book 2: an essay by Antoon Melissen, 80 pages Design Stephan Holitschke, Büro für Visuelle Identitäten, Munich Published in collaboration with the Lothar Wolleh estate, Berlin


Partners for this activity

  • M HKA, Antwerp
  • Coppejans Gallery, Antwerp
  • Lothar Wolleh Estate, Berlin
  • Kerber Verlag, Berlin