Joseph Beuys
Show Your Wound 1977-84

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
Show Your Wound
Zeige deine Wunde
Date 1977-84
Medium Photographic negatives with two Braunkreuz crosses in a glazed steel frame
Dimensions Support: 327 x 450 mm
Collection
No information available
Reference
AR00094
Not on display
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Online caption

This negative image shows a pair of dissecting tables which were used in the 1974-75 installation 'Show Your Wound'. Beuys created the installation in a dark and dingy pedestrian underpass in Munich, where the sounds of traffic overhead and harsh glare of neon lights were an integral part of the atmosphere created. Above the tables are two rectangular metal boxes, their placement suggesting the position of 'heads' to bodies lying on the beds. Beuys used double images and objects to refer to death, and the divisions within people and society. As he had suffered a heart attack in 1975, the allusions to death and inclusion of the tables (as used in a mortuary) are particularly striking.

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