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'Runrig' was an 'action' performed by Beuys in 1973 which related to the rotation of crops. The dating of this work suggests it was first started a decade before the 'action' was carried out and finally finished the year before it. The squares of colour on this work are taken from a paint colour chart, and they contrast greatly with the matt brown of the Braunkreuz oil paint. The artist has made the readymade element distinctly his own by the addition of his signature type of paint.