ARTIST ROOMS

Joseph Beuys Celtic Object 2 1980

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Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Celtic Object 2
Date 1980
Medium Record sleeve, record, jaw bone and wood
Dimensions Object: 841 x 645 x 56 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
AR00628
Not on display

Online caption

Many of Beuys's 'actions' and sculptures used sound in some way. Sound is included in this relief through the use of a record. On top of the record is a hare's jawbone, the hare being an animal which recurs frequently in the artist's work. It is associated with the earth and with birth, but the inclusion of its bones here is also reminiscent of a relic of a saint. The title of this relief hints at the artist's interest in Celtic countries – he visited Scotland and Ireland several times during his life. It is stamped with the circular 'Hauptstrom' stamp Beuys used for works he felt summed up his beliefs particularly well.

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