Joseph Beuys Chinese Hare Sugar 1979

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Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Chinese Hare Sugar
Chinesischer Hasenzucker
Date 1979
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 210 x 296 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
P07601
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Catalogue entry

P07601 CHINESE HARE SUGAR 1979

Inscribed ‘Joseph Beuys’ centre right and ‘51/90’
Screenprint, published by Edition Staeck, Heidelberg, 8 1/4×11 5/8 (21×29.6)
Purchased from Edition Staeck (Grant-in-Aid) 1981
Lit: op.cit., no.223

Beuys found sugar (surrogate honey) and the hare combined in wrapped lump sugar at Documenta v in Kassel, 1972. Both were already significant images in his work, and he subsequently produced three ‘Hare Sugar’ multiples, the first in 1972, ‘American Hare Sugar’ in 1974, and this work in 1979 from a sweet wrapper found in Shanghai.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1980-82: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1984

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