Joseph Beuys. Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963. 1966

Joseph Beuys Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963 1966

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Eurasia Siberian Symphony 1963 is composed from materials the artist used during a 1966 performance, or "action," in Berlin. 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 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 of a high human fever. Fat and felt are essential components of Beuys's "warmth theory" of art because of the calorie's role in the preservation of life and the insulating properties of felt.

Gallery label from From the Collection: 1960-69, March 26, 2016 - March 12, 2017.
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
© 2019 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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