Weisse Trübung [White Turbulence]
© DACS 2008

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Weisse Trübung [White Turbulence] 1963
  • Artist Rooms
The medium of this work, two paintings on board, seems almost too ordinary for Beuys and very different from his work of the same period. Yet by enclosing the paintings in a specially-designed box of glass and zinc, he makes the work refer to his fascination with heat and energy. The artist used several different metals regularly in his work, with each representing different properties - zinc signifies insulation. The box is similar to the vitrines Beuys used to display selections of objects.

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Medium/ media

The material from which an artwork is made, e.g. oil paint, bronze, paper. 'Medium' is also used for the liquid element of paint in which a colouring agent is carried. 'Mixed media' is used when an artist combines several different materials in an artwork.


A glass display case or cabinet used for displaying works of art, objects and curios. The term is derived from the French word ‘vitre’, which means a pane of glass.

Medium/ media, Vitrine


  • Acc. No. AR00091
  • Medium 2 boards, zinc and glass
  • Size 48.50 x 72.90 x 8.00 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