Joseph Beuys

Bathtub for a Heroine

1950, cast 1984

Original title
Badewanne für eine Heldin
Medium
Bronze, steel and plastic
Dimensions
Object: 155 x 410 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the artist 1984
Reference
T03920

Display caption

The elements shown in this first vitrine were acquired by Tate as individual works. Beuys later decided to place them together to match the groups of objects in the other two vitrines, which he had designed himself. Several of the sculptures incorporate bronze castings of a female torso, originally carved in wood by Beuys. In Bathtub for a Heroine, the figure is combined with an electric element and a copper cast of a mammoth's tooth. In Animal Woman, she seems to merge with a piece of industrial piping; while in Bed, she floats suspended between the jaws of a clamp. Fat Battery consists of various fat and felt elements, combined by Beuys to suggest the shape and function of a battery, reflecting his concern with the generation and storage of energy.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

Joseph Beuys 1921-1986

T03920 Bathtub for a Heroine 1950-61

Bronze with resin-handled metal heating element incorporating an electric cable and plug 155 x 248 (6 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 9 3/4) in an edition of seven with one artist's proof
Not inscribed
Presented by the artist 1984

See entry on T03921.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.97