Lawrence Weiner, Galerie Konrad Fischer, Düsseldorf, 1969

Opening: April 10, 1969, 8 p.m.

Dimensions: 9.1 x 15 cm

Further Information: The exhibition at Konrad Fischer’s gallery was Lawrence Weiner’s first solo show in Europe. In March 1969, Weiner was in Switzerland to take part in the group show Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form, curated by Harald Szeemann at Kunsthalle Bern. In an interview by Franziska Leuthäußer from 2016, Weiner recalled meeting Konrad Fischer as follows: “Ich sprach in der Cafeteria gerade mit Michael Heizer, als jemand zu mir kam und sagte: „Hello, hello!“ Er konnte nicht viel Englisch, aber etwas. „Wollen Sie mit mir eine Ausstellung machen?“ Ich fragte: „Wer sind Sie?“ Und er sagte: „Konrad Fischer.“ Ich sagte Ja. „Okay, nach der Ausstellung in Bern kommen Sie, und dann bauen wir bei mir auf.“ (I was in the cafeteria talking to Michael Heizer when someone came up to me and said, ‘Hello, hello!’ He didn’t speak much English, but he spoke a little. ‘Would you like to do an exhibition with me?’ I said, ‘Who are you?’ And he said: ‘Konrad Fischer.’ I said yes. ‘Okay, after the show in Bern, come with me and we’ll set up at my place.’) In this interview Weiner further recalled that Joseph Beuys also attended the opening, along with his students.


Further links: Full interview by Franziska Leuthäußer with Lawrence Weiner is available on Café Deutschland.

Image: Images of this invitation are part of the Sammlung Marzona, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.

Konrad Lueg

Below is an invitation to an exhibition by Lawrence Weiner at Folker Skulima, held in Berlin in 1970. Like the invitation from 1969, this one similarly functions as an instruction for the artwork, which, as the card states, may be realized by the artist, by another person, or may not be realized at all. Each of these options, the card further explains, has the same value and corresponds to the intention of the artist. The owner of the work will decide upon the work’s future.

Lawrence Weiner, Galerie Folker Skulima, Berlin 1971 (invitation); Sammlung Marzona, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Lawrence Weiner, Galerie Folker Skulima, Berlin, 1971 (invitation); Sammlung Marzona, Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.

Below is an exhibition to a solo show by Lawrence Weiner, titled 3 Works in Relation to Place, held at Galerie Konrad Fischer in Düsseldorf in 1975.