Joseph Beuys In this Way the Dictatorship of the Parties can be Overcome 1971

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Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
In this Way the Dictatorship of the Parties can be Overcome
So kann die Parteiendiktatur uberwunden warden
Date 1971
Medium Felt, wood and glass
Dimensions Frame: 830 x 1150 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

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Beuys once stated ; 'I have nothing to do with politics – I know only art', a sentiment which seems odd considering his political involvement. However, he viewed politics as part of an overall strategy for social change through the power of the individual. The early 1970s were a busy time for the artist. One of his campaigns was against party voting, arguing that political parties exploited the hard-working majority to the benefit of the minority who controlled the economy. With this in mind, the Braunkreuz cross at the centre of these felt sheets takes on the appearance of a cross on a voting paper , suggesting that the only way to overthrow the system is through voting.

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