Joseph Beuys

Fat Corner (Process)


Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Original title
Fettecke (Prozess)
Wood, glass, 2 cardboard boxes and fat
Displayed: 1835 x 1680 x 840 mm
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

Not on display

Online caption

Looking inside the two boxes in this vitrine, we can see that in one, the fat has been neatly shaped into the corner to make a wedge. In the other, the shape of the fat has a disturbing biological look to it, like inner organs which have been unceremoniously dumped in a heap. Beuys used triangles of fat in both his sculptures and 'actions'. From around 1963, he would use wedges of fat or felt to mark the boundaries of a space when performing an 'action'.

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