Sale: 524 / Post War / Contemporary Art II, Dec. 10. 2021 in Munich Lot 45

 

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Joseph Beuys
Oder nehmen wir jetzt AMALGAM?, 1981.
Cardboard, cords, drawing and inscription; cont...
Estimate:
€ 30,000 - 40,000

 
$ 34,800 - 46,400

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Oder nehmen wir jetzt AMALGAM?. 1981.
Cardboard, cords, drawing and inscription; content: Bottles filled with chemicals and miscellaneous restoration materials.
Signed and dated in the center on front. Titled at top and with a sketch of the Büderich Gate, the note "Restaur. Büderich" and inscribed with the listing "Farben Stahlwolle Wachs Holzzwinge Töpfe + Gaspatrone Gummi [illegible] Holzklötze Terpentin". With the stamp "Baumspenden an: Magistrat der Stadt Kassel [.. ] VW 220 Joseph Beuys 7000 Eichen" on both top and front. Unique object. 36 x 55 x 44 cm (14.1 x 21.6 x 17.3 in).

PROVENANCE: Private collection Germany (acquired directly from the artist).

EXHIBITION: Joseph Beuys: Skulpturen und Objekte, ex. cat. Gropius-Bau Berlin, February 20 - May 1, 1988, cat. no.77 (with illu. on p. 220)
Joseph Beuys und Düsseldorf, Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, November 30, 2007 - December 1, 2009
Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, (permanent loan from 2007 to 2020).
Joseph Beuys: Wo ist Element 3?, Ketterer Kunst, Berlin, March 26 – May 22, 2021.

LITERATURE: Heinz Althöfer, La Radiologia Per il Restauro, Fiesole (FI) 1997, p. 103, plates 22 and 23.
Marie Althöfer, Kunsttransporte, Cologne University, graduate thesis in 2006 (no p.).

Called up: December 10, 2021 - ca. 15.28 h +/- 20 min.

One of the first major sculptural commissions after Beuys had completed his studies was a memorial for the “Old Church Tower” in Meerbusch-Büderich in 1958. The wooden gate, also designed and created by Beuys, had been vandalized over the years. In 1981 Joseph Beuys was occupied with the restoration, with which restorer Hans Althöfer had been entrusted. The sketch on the cardboard shows the gate and the holes circled by Beuys that required mending. Materials for the fillings were discussed, in addition to wood, amalgam, commonly used to fill holes in teeth, was also considered. Since it is an alloy of mercury, its use is controversial. The question “Oder nehmen wir jetzt AMALGAM?" (Or shall we take amalgam?) written in large letters on the cardboard box containing restoration utensils, goes beyond the technical problems. It basically asks for alternatives to impure, toxic compounds. The block of wood served as model for the restoration of the oak gate. Together with the restorer, Beuys was concerned with the question of how the numerous, partly burnt-in holes in the gate could be filled and closed. Holes closed with both wood and amalgam are laid out as test series in the wooden block, to which the designation no. 5 refers. The changes in the material, the color and mounting must have inspired Beuys to sign this object. From the signature an arrow points to one of the filled holes. [Eugen Blume]



45
Joseph Beuys
Oder nehmen wir jetzt AMALGAM?, 1981.
Cardboard, cords, drawing and inscription; cont...
Estimate:
€ 30,000 - 40,000

 
$ 34,800 - 46,400

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