The close co-operation with Joseph Beuys was the starting point of Bernd Klüser’s gallery and publishing activity. Already in 1970 the then law student published first print and multiple editions by the artist, together with Jörg Schellmann. Numerous exhibitions, projects and publications followed.The strong interest in Beuys was the basis for the Edition Schellmann & Klüser, a company that existed until 1985.
Next to Beuys they published editions by Sandro Chia, Christo, Francesco Clemente, Donald Judd, Mimmo Paladino, Andy Warhol and others. Parallel to this, Bernd Klüser founded his own gallery in 1978 that represented internationally renown artists like Enzo Cucchi, Tony Cragg, Jannis Kounellis, Mimmo Paladino and Andy Warhol from its beginning.
The gallery programme also included early shows by Reinhard Mucha, Cindy Sherman, Gilbert & George, David Salle (together with Picabia) and others.
In 1985 the two partners separated and Bernd Klüser moved into a new space on Georgenstrasse in Munich.
Until today Galerie Klüser sees itself as a platform for contemporary art and works authentically with a group of important international artists.
The gallery always worked closely with international museums, published the Lenin series by Andy Warhol, worked on public sculpture projects with Joseph Beuys, Enzo Cucchi, Jannis Kounellis, Mimmo Paladino, Tony Cragg and Rita McBride and realised projects like “The Frozen Leopard”, an exhibition cycle with 19 artists.
In 2008, on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the gallery showed an exhibition titled “Reflections on Light” with major works by artists like Tony Cragg, Alex Katz, Dan Flavin, Andy Warhol etc.
In the context of his own edition- and publishing activities, Bernd Klüser published more than 20 print portfolios, books on Ernst Jünger and Hans-Georg Gadamer, the definitive book “The Art of Exhibition”, as well as numerous catalogues on the gallery artists and exhibitions.
In September 2002 the gallery opened a second exhibition space on Türkenstrasse (near the museums Pinakothek der Moderne & Museum Brandhorst), which focuses mainly on young artists, such as Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Bernardí Roig, Conrad Shawcross and Jorinde Voigt.
The galleries main artists are: Donald Baechler, Joseph Beuys, Christian Boltanski, Tony Cragg, Jan Fabre, Alex Katz, Olaf Metzel, Mimmo Paladino, Julião Sarmento, Sean Scully and Andy Warhol.