Joseph Beuys Four Blackboards 1972

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Four Blackboards
Ohne Titel
Date 1972
Medium 4 works on blackboard, chalk
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 1216 x 914 x 18 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Transferred from the Archive 1983
Reference
T03594
Not on display

Display caption

During the 1970s, Beuys lectured extensively on art and politics, and the task of creating a genuinely democratic society. This series of three blackboards were used to illustrate an event held at Tate in 1972, in which Beuys discussed his ideas about communication and grassroots democracy. A fourth blackboard, not displayed here, was used during a subsequent lecture at the Whitechapel Gallery.

March 2003

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