Art that addresses social and political issues relating to the natural and urban environment

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  • Joseph Beuys, 'The End of the Twentieth Century' 1983-5

    Joseph Beuys
    The End of the Twentieth Century 1983-5
    Basalt, clay and felt
    displayed: 900 x 7000 x 12000 mm
    Purchased with assistance from Edwin C. Cohen and Echoing Green 1991 DACS, 2009

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  • Anselm Kiefer, 'Lilith' 1987-9

    Anselm Kiefer
    Lilith 1987-9
    Oil, ash and copper wire on canvas
    support: 3815 x 5612 x 500 mm support, each: 3815 x 2806 x 50 mm
    Purchased 1990 Anselm Kiefer

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  • Lothar Baumgarten, 'Terra Incognita' 1969-84

    Lothar Baumgarten
    Terra Incognita 1969-84
    Wood, porcelain plates, light bulbs, electrical cable, machete
    displayed: 740 x 8850 x 12360 mm
    Presented by the Patrons of New Art through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1990 DACS, 2002

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Environmental art often takes the form of installation. One of the pioneers of this was the German artist Joseph Beuys and a notable more recent practitioner is Lothar Baumgarten.

The term came into use in the late 1960s and is often closely related to land art.