Hasenzucker. 1972. Multiple. Silkscreen on light cardboard and sugar cube, stamped, in cardboard box with cotton batting. Schellmann 54 a and b. Silkscreen signed, numbered III/XV and titled as well as with publisher's stamp on verso. Boxe signed and numbered on underside as well as with publisher's stamp. Sugar cube signed. Silkscreen: 51 x 89 cm (20 x 35 in), size of sheet. Cardboard box: 6,3 x 10,5 x 7 cm (2,5 x 4,1 x 2,8 in). Published in Edition Staeck, Heidelberg.
The artist said the following on the motif of the hare, which has a central meaning in Beuys' work: "The hare is the element of movement, action, altering the traditional concept of art. Also an inhabitant of Eurasien, crossing all borders, even the Berlin Wall. The idea of unity, starting from Central Europe, is connected therewith. The hare is an old Germanic symbol: The Easter eggs stand for restart, spring, resurrection. It is teh alchemistic sign for transition" (in a dialog with Veit Möller, AZ from 15 November, 1985, quoted after Schellmann, "Die Multiples", p. 439). [KH].