The Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb

Joseph Beuys (Krefeld, Germany, 1921 – Düsseldorf, Germany, 1986)

Two sculptures

food containers, cup, paper, stamp, felt-tip pen

14.2 cm x 13.6 cm x 7.5 cm,  13.8 cm x Ø 6.7

Beuys sometimes uses found objects. They often have a political connotation. DDR1 and DDR2 are two ready-mades from 1980, from the time when he visited East Germany and collected ordinary everyday objects. A glass, a symbol of quenching thirst, and still uneaten military rations thus become biological indices by which Beuys, referring to that time’s political circumstances, conveyed his ideas about the basic human needs for food and freedom.

 


 

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