Selling Exhibition: 15 November–5 December 2021 • Cologne

S otheby’s Private Sales team are excited to bring together an exclusive selection of Joseph Beuys works from a Private European collection, curating an unparalleled group including editions, sculpture and works on paper, all available for immediate purchase. Joseph Beuys’ centennial offers a welcome occasion to rediscover his complex work. For the selling exhibition at Palais Oppenheim, an extensive selection of important works by the world-renowned artist will be on display from November 16th, 2021 until December 5th, 2021. Collages, drawings, sculptures such as Scala Libera and Krieger, and especially a curated selection of rare editions, such as Silberbesen und Besen ohne Haare, Das Schweigen, or his legendary sled, illustrate the variety of techniques Beuys used to give thought-provoking impulses to the art discourse.

In 2021, the Rhineland-born artist Joseph Beuys would have celebrated his 100th birthday. He is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Through his artistic work he changed the language, tasks, nature, materiality and boundaries of art. His influence can still be felt today in artistic and political discourses. In his universal work, Beuys dealt with humanism, social philosophy, anthropology and politics. Taking himself, a former soldier in World War II, as an example of inner transformation, he wanted to democratise not only himself but Western culture. In this he saw the key to the creativity inherent in all human beings and manifested this with his famous concept of art: “Everyone is an artist”.


Sotheby’s Cologne
Palais Oppenheim
Gustav-Heinemann-Ufer 136-138
50968 Köln, Germany

Exhibition Dates/Hours

15 November–5 December
Weekdays 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
Weekends 11:00 AM–2:00 PM
Closed 27 & 28 November


Bastienne Leuthe
Senior Director, Senior Specialist, Head of Contemporary Art, Germany
+49 173 5995871

Heidi Khair
Assistant to the Head of Contemporary Art, Germany / Business Liaison
+49 172 8245862

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