Iphigenia / Titus Andronicus
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Iphigenia / Titus Andronicus 1985
This photograph shows the action ‘Iphigenia / Titus Andronicus’ that Beuys performed at ‘experimenta 3’ in Frankfurt-am-Main on 29 and 30 May 1969. During the action, Beuys recited the text of Goethe’s play ‘Iphigenia,’ while a loudspeaker on stage relayed the pre-recorded sound of two actors reading ‘Iphigenia’ and Shakespeare’s play ‘Titus Andronicus.’ The upper part of the image shows a white horse, which stood behind the artist on the stage. It stood on a sheet of metal attached to microphones, and every time the horse scraped or stamped its hooves the sound was magnified. The artist walked around the stage, creating noises and striking a pair of cymbals, as can be seen in the bottom part of the photograph. The action was intended to unite the worlds of nature and culture.

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 4641
  • Medium Photopositive and negative on film, stamped with brown paint (Browncross); glass, iron, frame
  • Size 71.00 x 55.00 x 4.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund, 2002