Klaus Staeck

Klaus Staeck was born in 1938 in Pulsnitz near Dresden and grew up in Bitterfeld. In 1956 he moved to the Western part of Germany and had to retake his A levels in Heidelberg, since school certificates from GDR were not accepted in the Federal Republic. From 1957 to 1962 he studied law in Heidelberg, Hamburg and Berlin. In 1965 he founded a publishing house „Edition Tangente“, which later was renamed to „Edition Staeck“ and started to distribute the works of such international artists like Thomas Bayrle, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Joseph Beuys, Max Bill, Claus Böhmler, Marcel Broodthaers, Christo, Carlfriedrich Claus, Hanne Darboven, Felix Droese. In the beginning of 1970s he became famous for his satiric posters. Staeck was a co-founder of the International Arts and Information Fair Düsseldorf/ Cologne, which resulted in Art Cologne, and multiply took part in the documenta. Having been sued for many of his posters, he was involved in 41 trials, all of which he won. At the moment, his works comprise more than 300 posters, which have been demonstrated at more than 3000 exhibitions world wide. From 2006 to 2015 Klaus Staeck was the president of the Academy of Arts (Source).


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