Joseph Beuys Lightning with Stag in its Glare date not known

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Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Lightning with Stag in its Glare
Date Date not known
Medium Aluminium
Collection
Lent from a private collection 2009
On long term loan
Reference
L02180

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In the massive installation Lightning with Stag in its Glare (1958-85), the suspended, bronze triangle embodies the energy of a powerful flash of lightning, which illuminates a group of half-formed creatures. The ‘stag’ of the title was originally made from an ironing board and then cast in bright aluminium to suggest the glare of the lightning. The cart represents a goat, and the clods of bronze on the floor are primordial creatures. A small compass, mounted on top of a box, is another reference, with the lightning flash itself, to the natural energies of the earth.

November 2005

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