Joseph Beuys

German, 1921–1986

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A major figure of the postwar German avant-garde, Joseph Beuys viewed art as a vehicle for social change. His performance art "actions" were shamanistic experiences incorporating ritualized movement and sound, as well as non-traditional …

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Ohren, 1984
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Burnt stretcher, burnt canvas in plexiglass object box
73.0 x 60.0 x 2.0 cm
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Ohren. 1984. Burnt stretcher, burnt canvas in plexiglass object box. Signed on rear of lower beam. 60 x 73 x 2 cm (23.6 x 28.7 x 0.7 in). 80 x 90 x 8 cm (31,4 x 35,4 x 3,1 in). This work used to be the painting "Ferme à Montfoucault" by Camille Pissaro that caught fire from a single candle shortly before Christmas in 1984. The work is not listed in the Pissaro register from 1939, however, it appears in the revised version from 2005 with the number 379. When Joseph Beuys discovered the work at a restorer, he spontaneously renamed it "Ohren" (Ears) and signed it [EH]. • Ears: an outstanding example of Josef Beuys' progressive art concept that refuses to follow any convention. • A painting by Pissaro destroyed by just a single candle is retransformed to an artwork through Beuys' processual conception. • The perception of art's transformative mission to the exclusion of aesthetic relevance becomes manifest in the appreciation of destruction. • The burnt door from Beuys’ studio in Heerdt, to which he added two hare's-ears and the skull of a heron (today: Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna), is a similar object. Accompanied by an expertise issued by Eva Beuys on February 7, 1990 (copy mounted on rear of the object box). PROVENANCE: Formerly collection Dr. Sohl (Pissaro painting, until 1984). Private collection Germany. EXHIBITION: Joseph Beuys: Natur - Materie - Form, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf, November 30, 1991 - February 9, 1992, cat. no. 483 (dated 1979). Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 – May 22, 2021. “My objects must be understood as suggestions for implementing the idea of the sculpture. They should provoke thoughts about what a sculpture can be." Beuys 1979, quote from: Volker Harlan, Was ist Kunst? Werkstattgespräch mit Beuys, Stuttgart 1992, p. 13 Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.50 h +/- 20 min.
Ohren, 1984
Burnt stretcher, burnt canvas in plexiglass object box
Jun 18, 2021
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73.0 x 60.0 x 2.0 cm
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Ohren. 1984. Burnt stretcher, burnt canvas in plexiglass object box. Signed on rear of lower beam. 60 x 73 x 2 cm (23.6 x 28.7 x 0.7 in). 80 x 90 x 8 cm (31,4 x 35,4 x 3,1 in). This work used to be the painting "Ferme à Montfoucault" by Camille Pissaro that caught fire from a single candle shortly before Christmas in 1984. The work is not listed in the Pissaro register from 1939, however, it appears in the revised version from 2005 with the number 379. When Joseph Beuys discovered the work at a restorer, he spontaneously renamed it "Ohren" (Ears) and signed it [EH]. • Ears: an outstanding example of Josef Beuys' progressive art concept that refuses to follow any convention. • A painting by Pissaro destroyed by just a single candle is retransformed to an artwork through Beuys' processual conception. • The perception of art's transformative mission to the exclusion of aesthetic relevance becomes manifest in the appreciation of destruction. • The burnt door from Beuys’ studio in Heerdt, to which he added two hare's-ears and the skull of a heron (today: Museum moderner Kunst, Vienna), is a similar object. Accompanied by an expertise issued by Eva Beuys on February 7, 1990 (copy mounted on rear of the object box). PROVENANCE: Formerly collection Dr. Sohl (Pissaro painting, until 1984). Private collection Germany. EXHIBITION: Joseph Beuys: Natur - Materie - Form, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen Düsseldorf, November 30, 1991 - February 9, 1992, cat. no. 483 (dated 1979). Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 – May 22, 2021. “My objects must be understood as suggestions for implementing the idea of the sculpture. They should provoke thoughts about what a sculpture can be." Beuys 1979, quote from: Volker Harlan, Was ist Kunst? Werkstattgespräch mit Beuys, Stuttgart 1992, p. 13 Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.50 h +/- 20 min.
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Erdobjekt "TA...KA-(TURM)", 1975
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Earth object, shell
15.0 cm
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Erdobjekt "TA..KA-(TURM)". 1975. Erdobjekt, Muschel. Signed, dated and titled on a note below the object. (Not visible due to mounting). Height: 15 cm (5.9 in). Plexiglass box: 25,5 x 27 x 27 cm (10 x 10,6 x 10,6 in). The object is made of African soil. [EH]. • Soil is one of Beuys' most important materials. • For Joseph Beuys soil is a condensed material of the origin, a generator of formative power. • Earth objects like the "Erdtelefon" (1967) or "Erdhaufen und elektronisches Gitter" (1957) count among Beuys’ most famous works. • Earth objects by Beuys are very rare on the market. • Significant earth objects are also part of the Block Beuys at Landesmuseum Darmstadt and the Museum Schloß Moyland. Accompanied by a written confirmation from Eva Beuys dated February 14, 2019 (in copy). PROVENANCE: The artist's studio (Drakeplatz 4). Private collection Germany (acquired directly from the artist). EXHIBITION: Joseph Beuys: Natur Materie Form, ex. cat. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, November 30, 1991 - February 9, 1992, cat. no. 419 (with illu. on p. 334). Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 – May 22, 2021. Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.54 h +/- 20 min.
Erdobjekt "TA...KA-(TURM)", 1975
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Erdobjekt "TA..KA-(TURM)". 1975. Erdobjekt, Muschel. Signed, dated and titled on a note below the object. (Not visible due to mounting). Height: 15 cm (5.9 in). Plexiglass box: 25,5 x 27 x 27 cm (10 x 10,6 x 10,6 in). The object is made of African soil. [EH]. • Soil is one of Beuys' most important materials. • For Joseph Beuys soil is a condensed material of the origin, a generator of formative power. • Earth objects like the "Erdtelefon" (1967) or "Erdhaufen und elektronisches Gitter" (1957) count among Beuys’ most famous works. • Earth objects by Beuys are very rare on the market. • Significant earth objects are also part of the Block Beuys at Landesmuseum Darmstadt and the Museum Schloß Moyland. Accompanied by a written confirmation from Eva Beuys dated February 14, 2019 (in copy). PROVENANCE: The artist's studio (Drakeplatz 4). Private collection Germany (acquired directly from the artist). EXHIBITION: Joseph Beuys: Natur Materie Form, ex. cat. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, November 30, 1991 - February 9, 1992, cat. no. 419 (with illu. on p. 334). Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 – May 22, 2021. Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.54 h +/- 20 min.
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Wo ist Element 3?, 1984
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Installation. Electric meter, fuses, switches, band-aid, wood, marble, steel, pencil drawing on board, in iron frame
110.2 x 210.5 x 45.0 cm
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Wo ist Element 3?. 1984. Installation. Electric meter, fuses, switches, band-aid, wood, marble, steel, pencil drawing on board, in iron frame. Signed and dated in lower left on the wooden plate. Unique object. 210.5 x 110.2 x 45 cm (82.8 x 43.3 x 17.7 in). • 'Wo ist Element 3?', as well as the famous work 'Honigpumpe' (today at Lousiana Museum in Humlebæk /DK)), were the 'Social Sculptures' Beuys showed at documenta 6. • A control panel as an allegory of a source of warmth, light and energy, a metaphyical explanation of an inner meaning. • Element 3 stands for a way of thinking that, by means of an expanded concept of art, is to become an integral part of 20th century culture. • Beuys provides the force field of Modernism. • "Wo ist Element 3" is the continuation of the campaign "Manresa" at Galerie Schmela (1966). PROVENANCE: Private collection Germany. EXHIBITION: Nationalgalerie, Berlin (on loan from 1984 to 1988). Joseph Beuys: Skulpturen und Objekte, Gropius-Bau Berlin, February 20 - May 1, 1988 vol. 1, cat. 85. (with color illu. on p. 229). Joseph Beuys: Natur, Materie, Form, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein - Westfalen, November 30, 1991 - February 9, 1992, cat. no. 486 (with illu. on p. 338). Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 – May 22, 2021. "Beuys persistently worked with materials and elements through which he visualized energy potentials and polarity in which functions of negative and positive electric charges find expression." (Heiner Bastian. Joseph Beuys im Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg, 1987 p. 22) Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.56 h +/- 20 min.
Wo ist Element 3?, 1984
Installation. Electric meter, fuses, switches, band-aid, wood, marble, steel, pencil drawing on board, in iron frame
Jun 18, 2021
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110.2 x 210.5 x 45.0 cm
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Wo ist Element 3?. 1984. Installation. Electric meter, fuses, switches, band-aid, wood, marble, steel, pencil drawing on board, in iron frame. Signed and dated in lower left on the wooden plate. Unique object. 210.5 x 110.2 x 45 cm (82.8 x 43.3 x 17.7 in). • 'Wo ist Element 3?', as well as the famous work 'Honigpumpe' (today at Lousiana Museum in Humlebæk /DK)), were the 'Social Sculptures' Beuys showed at documenta 6. • A control panel as an allegory of a source of warmth, light and energy, a metaphyical explanation of an inner meaning. • Element 3 stands for a way of thinking that, by means of an expanded concept of art, is to become an integral part of 20th century culture. • Beuys provides the force field of Modernism. • "Wo ist Element 3" is the continuation of the campaign "Manresa" at Galerie Schmela (1966). PROVENANCE: Private collection Germany. EXHIBITION: Nationalgalerie, Berlin (on loan from 1984 to 1988). Joseph Beuys: Skulpturen und Objekte, Gropius-Bau Berlin, February 20 - May 1, 1988 vol. 1, cat. 85. (with color illu. on p. 229). Joseph Beuys: Natur, Materie, Form, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein - Westfalen, November 30, 1991 - February 9, 1992, cat. no. 486 (with illu. on p. 338). Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 – May 22, 2021. "Beuys persistently worked with materials and elements through which he visualized energy potentials and polarity in which functions of negative and positive electric charges find expression." (Heiner Bastian. Joseph Beuys im Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum Duisburg, 1987 p. 22) Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.56 h +/- 20 min.
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Minneapolis Fragment, 1974
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Pencil, hare blood and F.I.U.stamp on a metal plate, mounted in a steel frame behind glass
90.0 x 64.5 cm
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Minneapolis Fragment. 1974. Mixed media. Pencil, hare blood and F.I.U.stamp on a metal plate, mounted in a steel frame behind glass. Signed in center. 64.5 x 90 cm (25.3 x 35.4 in). • Unique object. • One of only six lithographic plates made during a discussion at the University of Minnesota in January 1974. • Joseph Beuys used this panel like a blackboard in the 1974 event and later revised it with hare's blood and pencil. • Time witness and materialized quintessence of the Beuysian world of thought. • One of the other five lithographic plates from the "Minneapolis Fragments" is in the collection of the Tate Modern in London. PROVENANCE: Art School of Minneapolis, Minneapolis. Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York. Private collection (since November 1988, acquired directly from the aforementioned). Private collection. Private collection Europe. EXHIBITION: New York, Hirschl & Adler Modern, Joseph Beuys: Ideas and Actions, 1988, cat. no. 48, pp. 76/77 with illu. Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 - May 22, 2021. LITERATURE: Klaus Staeck/Gerhard Steidl, Beuys in Amerika, 1987, no page. "I am not a theorist, I seek reality. I think that what I do goes far beyond theory and is a quest for the true nature of things." Joseph Beuys, 1969 Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.58 h +/- 20 min.
Minneapolis Fragment, 1974
Pencil, hare blood and F.I.U.stamp on a metal plate, mounted in a steel frame behind glass
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90.0 x 64.5 cm
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Minneapolis Fragment. 1974. Mixed media. Pencil, hare blood and F.I.U.stamp on a metal plate, mounted in a steel frame behind glass. Signed in center. 64.5 x 90 cm (25.3 x 35.4 in). • Unique object. • One of only six lithographic plates made during a discussion at the University of Minnesota in January 1974. • Joseph Beuys used this panel like a blackboard in the 1974 event and later revised it with hare's blood and pencil. • Time witness and materialized quintessence of the Beuysian world of thought. • One of the other five lithographic plates from the "Minneapolis Fragments" is in the collection of the Tate Modern in London. PROVENANCE: Art School of Minneapolis, Minneapolis. Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York. Private collection (since November 1988, acquired directly from the aforementioned). Private collection. Private collection Europe. EXHIBITION: New York, Hirschl & Adler Modern, Joseph Beuys: Ideas and Actions, 1988, cat. no. 48, pp. 76/77 with illu. Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 - May 22, 2021. LITERATURE: Klaus Staeck/Gerhard Steidl, Beuys in Amerika, 1987, no page. "I am not a theorist, I seek reality. I think that what I do goes far beyond theory and is a quest for the true nature of things." Joseph Beuys, 1969 Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.58 h +/- 20 min.
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Untitled, 1960
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Grey oil painting on light card.
20.8 x 29.5 cm
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Untitled, 1960
Grey oil painting on light card.
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Packbild 3 II (Picture Pack 3 II), 1958
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Gouache painting with handwritten additions in graphite, on light wove paper, folded and mounted to support sheet (as issued).
11.2 x 15.6 cm
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Packbild 3 II (Picture Pack 3 II), 1958
Gouache painting with handwritten additions in graphite, on light wove paper, folded and mounted to support sheet (as issued).
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11.2 x 15.6 cm
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Untitled, 1971
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Unique work comprised of mirrored glass disc and embossed felt disc, framed.
31.12 cm
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Untitled, 1971
Unique work comprised of mirrored glass disc and embossed felt disc, framed.
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Klangkörper Tonsäule (Sound Box Tonal Column), 1962
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Graphite and crayon drawing with fat, on three collaged supports of light wove paper and chamois-coloured card.
10.6 x 38.5 cm
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Klangkörper Tonsäule (Sound Box Tonal Column), 1962
Graphite and crayon drawing with fat, on three collaged supports of light wove paper and chamois-coloured card.
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KRIEG! (WAR!), 1977
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Unique work comprised of needles, thread and silver bronze on cardboard.
13.7 x 18.5 cm
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KRIEG! (WAR!), 1977
Unique work comprised of needles, thread and silver bronze on cardboard.
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13.7 x 18.5 cm
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2 Schafe (2 Sheep), 1949
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Watercolour painting on chamois-coloured paper mounted to light brown cardboard.
24.2 x 33.9 cm
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2 Schafe (2 Sheep), 1949
Watercolour painting on chamois-coloured paper mounted to light brown cardboard.
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24.2 x 33.9 cm
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