So kann die Parteiendiktatur uberwunden werden [In this way the Dictatorship of the Parties can be Overcome]
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So kann die Parteiendiktatur uberwunden werden [In this way the Dictatorship of the Parties can be Overcome] 1971
  • Artist Rooms
Beuys once stated; “I have nothing to do with politics – I know only art”, a sentiment which seems odd considering his political involvement. However, he viewed politics as part of an overall strategy for social change through the power of the individual. The early 1970s were a busy time for the artist. One of his campaigns was against party voting, arguing that political parties exploited the hard-working majority to the benefit of the minority who controlled the economy. With this in mind, the Braunkreuz cross at the centre of these felt sheets takes on the appearance of a cross on a voting paper , suggesting that the only way to overthrow the system is through voting.

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Braunkreuz

A medium invented, and first used, by the German artist Joseph Beuys in the late 1950s. It literally translates as ‘brown cross’. Composed of a mixture of paint and blood, it evokes images of rust, dirt, excrement and blood. As a term it has associations with Christianity, Nazism, National Socialism, war and the occult. By varying the qualities of the component parts, Beuys could experiment with the colour, density and texture of this unusual material.

Braunkreuz

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00623
  • Medium Felt, wood and glass
  • Size 115.00 x 85.00 x 7.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008