Joseph Beuys

Cat.Rais. Schellmann 185

The rediscovery of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Madrid in 1965 was a sensation. The book is considered Leonardo’s main work on his technical inventions and scientific findings and shows the diverse interests of the universal genius and contains numerous drawings from painting, nature, geography, mechanics, geometry, weapons technology and architecture.

Inspired by Leonardo, Beuys created his own sketchbook with drawings on nature, society and the development of social sculpture. The work was published as a limited book object with 156 pages, limited to 1000 copies. Each copy was accompanied by a double-page, hand-signed and numbered granolithograph; there were a total of 10 motifs in an edition of 100 copies each.