Joseph Beuys A Party for Animals 1969

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
A Party for Animals
Date 1969
Medium Ink, oil paint and stamp on lithograph on paper
Dimensions Support: 526 x 188 mm
Collection
Acquisition ARTIST ROOMS
Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00680
Not on display
ARTIST ROOMS

Online caption

This work bears the circular stamp of the German Student Party, in red ink. Formed by Beuys in 1967, the artist commented 'The German Student Party is the world's largest party, but most of its members are animals'. The names handwritten beside the typed list of words is presumably a list of party members, including the name of the artist. Beuys was greatly involved with student politics in the 1960s and 1970s whilst he was a professor at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He later went on to co-found the Green Party in Germany.

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