Joseph Beuys We Can’t Do it without the Rose 1972

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Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
We Can’t Do it without the Rose
Ohne die Rose tun wir's nicht ...
Date 1972
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 804 x 568 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1982
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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Taken from a photograph by Wilfred Bauer, this lithograph shows Beuys at the desk of his Information Office at documenta V, Kassel in 1972. The Information Office was run under the auspices of the Organization for Direct Democracy, a platform for the propagation of the artist’s radical ideas, which he had founded the previous year. For 100 days Beuys tirelessly debated his ideas with visitors to the exhibition. On the last day, he fought a Boxing Match for Direct Democracy.

May 2008

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