Langhaus (Vitrine)
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Langhaus (Vitrine) 1953 / 1962

On Tour On tour at UK / WORCESTER / WORCESTER ART GALLERY

  • Artist Rooms
'Langhaus' can be variously translated as 'nave' such as one finds in a church, or 'longhouse', such as the dwelling house for one or several families found in early north European regions or, still today, in tribal communities in the Amazon region or the South Seas. The block of wood has a small piece of felt attached to the top, suggesting, according to Beuys's usual iconography, the idea of protection, a connotation strengthened by the length of felt also lying in the vitrine. The walking stick lying alongside the felt is a traditional Beuysian symbol for leadership and protection, much as a shepherd looks after his flock.

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Iconography

The study of the content of a work of art rather than its formal qualities. It also refers to the symbols associated with a person or movement.

Vitrine

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.

Iconography, Vitrine

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00087
  • Medium Wood, glass, felt, oil paint and paper
  • Size 183.00 x 154.50 x 64.00 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