Joseph Beuys, Four Blackboards 1972 . Tate . © DACS, 2022

Room 5 in Artist and Society

Joseph Beuys and Nicolás García Uriburu

Joseph Beuys, Four Blackboards  1972

Three of these boards were used by Beuys in his Information Action at the Tate Gallery in 1972, at which he spoke and answered questions uninterruptedly for six and a half hours. The fourth was used the following day at the Whitechapel Gallery. The text on the third board reads: ‘He who in 1972 can live carefree and sleep peacefully despite knowing that two thirds of humanity are hungry or dying of starvation while a large proportion of the well-fed third must take slimming cures in order to stay alive should ask himself what kind of man one is and whether, moreover, he is a man at all.’

Gallery label, December 2020

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Nicolás García Uriburu, Portfolio (Manifesto)  1973

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Joseph Beuys, Tate Gallery actions Seven exhibitions  Date not known

For Seven Exhibitions at the Tate Gallery, Beuys contributed a poster with photographs of previous Actions on one side, and English translations of some of his political manifestos on the other. The video shows part of Beuys’s Information Action, in which Beuys responds to questions from artists Gustav Metzger and Richard Hamilton.

Gallery label, November 2015

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Nicolás García Uriburu, Actions in nature  1968

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Art in this room

T03594: Four Blackboards
Joseph Beuys Four Blackboards 1972

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Nicolás García Uriburu Portfolio (Manifesto) 1973
AR00735: Tate Gallery actions Seven exhibitions
Joseph Beuys Tate Gallery actions Seven exhibitions Date not known
T14344: Actions in nature
Nicolás García Uriburu Actions in nature 1968