Inaugural exhibition featuring works by Joseph Beuys, Imi Knoebel, and Blinky Palermo

Sep 22, 1987

On October 9, 1987, a major new exhibitions program for Dia Art Foundation opens to the public at 548 West 22nd Street, New York. The three inaugural exhibitions are: Joseph Beuys, "Fond" sculptures and Codices Madrid drawings; Imi Knoebel, paintings, drawings, and sculptural installations; and Blinky Palermo, To the People of New York City (1976-77), a single series of paintings in fifteen parts. Each exhibition occupies a full floor of about 9,000 square feet, making a total of 27,000 square feet of exhibition space. Works in these exhibitions have been drawn principally from the collection of Dia Art Foundation. In addition, as a permanent installation, Dia will plant a row of trees with adjacent basalt blocks in front of the building, continuing a social, conceptual project by Joseph Beuys called 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks), first undertaken for Documenta 7 in Kassel, West Germany. Catalogues documenting each of these exhibitions have been published and will be available.

In keeping with the well established goals of Dia, programming for the 548 West 22nd Street project will in the future center on specifically commissioned work from single artists or collaborative teams of artists. Artists will be asked to consider the space and to work with Dia over extended periods in preparation for their projects. The intent remains to encourage new work on a scale and of a nature that might not find accommodation in other art institutions or among private collectors of art. Exhibitions will be long term, with a minimum duration of one year, to allow repeated visits and the opportunity to view the work over an extended period of time. Dia hopes to announce the first of these new projects, to open in September 1988, by the end of 1987 or early 1988.

Referring to the upcoming opening of Dia Art Foundation's project at 548 West 22nd Street, Aston Hawkins, Chairman on the Board of Dia Art Foundation since early 1985, said:
"After a difficult two-year period of reorganization, including sales of certain assets, drastic reductions of costs, and restructuring of the Dia staff, the opening of this new facility is a gratifying accomplishment and marks the renewal of Dia's commitment to contemporary art. Our efforts of maintain some of the early projects of the Foundation and to sustain a new program on West 22nd Street provide the public with one of this country's strongest organizations of contemporary art."

The opening exhibitions and accompanying catalogues have been made possible in part by the generous support of the Cowles Charitable Trust and the Daimler-Benz of North America Holding Company, Inc.

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For additional information or materials contact:
Press Department, Dia Art Foundation, press@diaart.org or 212 293 5518

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