Joseph Beuys

Electricity

1959

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Original title
die Electrizitat
Medium
3 works on paper, oil paint and watercolour
Dimensions
Support (upper): 238 x 336 mm
support (centre): 238 x 338 mm
support (lower): 238 x 337 mm
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
AR00112

Not on display

Online caption

The lower section of this three-part work appears to be a schematic drawing of a turbine. It may be the item which is intended to be fitted inside the box at the centre of the work, to power the propeller on the right. Beuys used the principle of electricity and machines in some of his sculpture, so this work may anticipate a later sculpture. Electricity was, for Beuys, part of the much larger issue of energy and, in particular, of ways in which the key issue of human energy (creativity) could be harnessed.