Ian Hamilton Finlay

Prinz Eugen

1972

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Screenprint on paper
Dimensions
Image: 330 x 455 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Bequeathed by David Brown in memory of Mrs Liza Brown 2003
Reference
P11932

Display caption

The Prinz Eugen was a German battleship, the only heavy cruiser in the fleet to survive the Second World War intact. Its most significant engagement took place in May 1941, in the north Atlantic near Iceland, when Prinz Eugen and Bismarck sank the British battle-cruiser Hood. In a typical piece of wordplay, Finlay connects the battleship to another Eugen: the Swiss poet Eugen Gomringer, who is one of the founding figures of concrete poetry.

Gallery label, April 2005