Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys. Ausstellung und Diskussion in der Galerie Polit-Art


In Tate Modern
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Print on paper
Image: 617 x 232 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

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Advertising an exhibition in the Dutch city of Nijmegen, this image shows Beuys during his famous 1965 action How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf). For three hours Beuys, his head covered in gold leaf and honey, held a dead hare against his chest and murmured into its ear. The action, which was only visible from outside, through the art gallery windows, was meant as a reflection on the limits of language and human intuition.

Gallery label, November 2015

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