Joseph BeuysBathtub for a Heroine 1950, cast 1984

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Artist
Joseph Beuys (1921‑1986)
Title
Bathtub for a Heroine
Badewanne für eine Heldin
Date 1950, cast 1984
MediumBronze, steel and plastic
Dimensionsobject: 155 x 410 x 248 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the artist 1984
Reference
T03920
Not on display

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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… (read more)

August 2004

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