Joseph Kosuth


Joseph Kosuth, born 1945 in Toledo, Ohio, is an American conceptual artist. After studying at the Toledo Museum School of Arts, the Cleveland Art Institute and the School of Visual Arts in New York, Kosuth quickly became on of the founders and representatives of Conceptual Art in which he is engaged „with an investigation of the nature of art“ and with the problems of sensory perception – reality, identity and the definition of the object. In his work Kosuth has dealt systematically with the role of language in art. He does so by employing appropriation strategies, texts, photography, installations and the use of public media and transfers art into a questioning process.


His works have been shown at various institutions including The Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Salomon R. Guggenheim (New York), The Whitney (New York), The Centre Pompidou (Paris), The Tate Gallery and The Reina Sophia (Madrid).




Still Waters Run Deep, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiun



A Symposium on Marcel Duchamp, Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart

Words Are Deeds, Phillips, London



Made At Conception, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York



Existence and the World – Das Dasein und die Welt, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Thurgau



Joseph Kosuth. Eine verstummte Bibliothek, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Thurgau



Texts For Nothing (Waiting For-) Samuel Beckett, in Play, Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich



Joseph Kosuth, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria



Nichts, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

(No Title), Castello Di Rivoli, Turin




Re-Defining the Context Of Art: 1968-2004/The Second Investigation/Public Media, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven

Guests and Foreigners, Rules and Meanings, Hellenic American Union, Athens



(No Title), Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Ittingen



Joseph Kosuth – Windows Project, Adriano Olivetti Foundation, Rome



(No Title), Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart



Joseph Kosuth, Kunsthalle, Basel

Place of Writing. Five Works by Joseph Kosuth. From One and Three Chairs to Ex Libris, Musée Champollion, Figeac

Artist, Curator, Collector: James McNeill Whistler, Bernard Berenson and Isabella Stewart Gardner – Three Locations in the Creative Progress, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

Guests and Foreigners: The Years of Isolation (Including a Survey of Works 1965-1999), Modern Art Museum, Tokushima



Gäste und Fremde: Goethes Italienische Reise. Eine Installation, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt

Condizioni d’Assenza (Il nome e chi lo porta), Villa Medici, Rome

Guests and Foreigners: The Years of Isolation. Includig a Survery of Works 1965-1999), Museum of Art, Chiba City

Eine verstummte Bibliothek, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Ittingen



Die Anfänge der Konzeptkunst: Frühe Arbeiten von Joseph Kosuth. Aus der Sammlung Bruno Bischofberger, Glarus Kunsthaus, Glarus

Ein Plan für: Eine verstummte Bibliothek, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Ittingen

Ulysses. 18 Scenes, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich



Re-Defining the Context of Art: 1968-1997. The Second Investigation and Public Media, MIT List Visual Arts Center, Boston

(No Title), Kunsthaus, Bregenz

Guests and Foreigners. Rules and Meanings. A New Installation with a Survery: 1965-1997, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin

Joseph Kosuth. Read and Seen: Selected Works from 1965, 1967, 1969, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1997, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York



XLV Esposizione Internazionale D’Arte – Hungarian Pavilion, Biennale di Venezia, Venice



Joseph Kosuth: Investigations sur l’art et problématique 1965-1973, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris



Joseph Kosuth: Investigationen über Kunst & Problemkreise seit 1965, Kunstraum, Tübingen

Joseph Kosuth: Investigationen über Kunst & Problemkreise seit 1965, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster

Joseph Kosuth: Investigationen über Kunst & Problemkreise seit 1965, Kunstmuseum, Luzern



Joseph Kosuth: Recent Work – The Ninth Investigation, Proposition 1, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Joseph Kosuth: Early Work – Proto-Investigations = Fifteen Works 1965-1967, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York



Joseph Kosuth: The Eighth Investigation, Proposition 3, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York

Joseph Kosuth, Galerie Bruno Bischofberger, Zurich

Joseph Kosuth: El Arte Come Idea Come Idea, Centro de Arte y Communicacion, Buenos Aires



Joseph Kosuth: The Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Investigations (Art as Idea as Idea 1968), Kunstbiblioteket, Lyngby

(No Title), Galerie Daniel Templon, Paris

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea 1966-1970), Christ College, Oxford

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea 1966-1970), College of Art, Coventry

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea 1966-1970), Kunsthalle, Bern

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea 1966-1970), Instituto Torcuato di Tella, Buenos Aires

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea 1966-1970), Pinacotheca, Australia

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea 1966-1970), St. Martin’s School of Art, London



Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea), Art Museum, Pasadena

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Joseph Kosuth: 15 Locations 1969/70 (Art as Idea as Idea), Leo Castelli Gallery, New York



Joseph Kosuth, Museum Of Normal Art, New York