Joseph Beuys

Honey is Flowing in All Directions

1976

Medium
Ink, graphite and stamp on paper
Dimensions
Support: 210 x 290 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
AR00128

Online caption

This work relates to the artist's installation 'Honeypump at the Workplace', which was shown at the contemporary art exhibition Documenta VI in Kassel in 1977. The work was installed around the staircase of the Fridericianum Museum, and consisted of a series of tubes running into rooms adjacent to the staircase, through which two tons of liquid honey was pumped by a motor. For Beuys, the production of honey and the organisational system of bees in the hive were on a par with human social systems. This drawing also features the ink stamp of the Free International University, co-founded by the artist in 1972 to promote the potential for creativity within each individual.