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BEUYS, Joseph.
Grassello Ca (OH)2 + H2O : difesa della natura [Defence of Nature].
(Pescara: Lucrezia De Domizio, 1979).

(310 x 231 mm), pp.[80]. 33 black-and-white photographs by Buby Durini, 1 drawing, Grassello poster reproduced in black and red. Cream printed perfect bound wrappers; gentle vertical waving, otherwise an extremely fresh fine copy.

First edition, this copy unsigned and unnumbered. The chemical formula in the title refers to Grassello, a traditional type of lime plaster which Beuys chose to decorate the walls of his home and the offices of the Free International University. In April 1979 he staged Operazione Grassello Pescara-Dusseldorf, in which crates containing sacks of the slaked lime were imported from Foggia and then transported from Pescara to Dusseldorf by truck. Durini photographed the materials being loaded and then leaving Pescara, and was also present at their arrival in Dusseldorf where Beuys and assistants unload the sacks. There follows a photograph of the exterior of the building where presumably the material has been applied, we then see sacks of leftover materials being deposited in an underground storage hole.

Grassello was published by Baroness Lucrezia De Domizio with photographs taken by her husband Baron Buby Durini. Beuys often visited the couple on their estate in Bolognano, where a number of long term projects such as the Istituto per la rinascita dell’agricoltura and Operazione Difesa Della Natura were initiated. According to Schellmann the edition constitutes 200 signed and stamped copies. Originally there were plans for all copies to be consecutively numbered to 200; however Beuys gave 80 copies to Galerie Klein, Bonn and kept 20 copies for himself to be distributed as artist’s copies. Subsequently they were divided into an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ edition. Copies from the ‘A’ edition, issued by Lucrezia De Domizio, are signed, stamped, and numbered 1-100. The Galerie Klein edition is identified as the ‘B’ edition, these are signed, stamped, and numbered 1-80.

OCLC locates two copies of the signed Galerie Klein edition: Getty Research Institute; Bavarian State Library, Munich; an additional copy located at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.

Joseph Beuys: The Multiples. Catalogue raisonné of multiples and prints, ed. J. Schellmann, Cambridge, Mass. 1997 (311).

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