Joseph Beuys. Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963. 1966
Joseph Beuys

Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963

1966
On view
Medium
Panel with chalk drawing, felt, fat, taxidermied hare, and painted poles
Dimensions
6' x 7' 6 3/4" x 20" (183 x 230 x 50 cm)
Credit
Gift of Frederic Clay Bartlett (by exchange)
Object number
213.2000.a-b
Copyright
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Painting and Sculpture

Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963 is composed from materials used during a 1966 performance, or “action,” by the artist at a Berlin gallery. Eurasia, the continental block that links Europe and Asia, evokes the fusion of Eastern and Western cultures, particularly resonant for Beuys in divided, Cold War Germany. The hare, with its quick jumps, suggests the ability to span long distances. The blackboard notes the degrees of the angles of fat and felt affixed to the poles during the performance and the temperature (42 degrees Celsius) of a high human fever. Fat and felt are essential components of Beuys’s “warmth theory” of art; he was deeply interested in the calorie’s role in the preservation of life and the insulating properties of felt.

Gallery label from 2011

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