Joseph Beuys
We Won’t Do It without the Rose, Because We Can No Longer Think 1972

Artwork details

Artist
Joseph Beuys 1921–1986
Title
We Won’t Do It without the Rose, Because We Can No Longer Think
Ohne die Rose tun wir's nicht, da können wir gar nicht mehr denken
Date 1972
Medium Lithograph on paper
Dimensions Image: 804 x 568 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
P07596
Not on display

Display caption

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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