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Sled 1969
The materials used in the making of this work relate to Beuys's experience of being rescued by nomadic Tartars when his plane was shot down during the Second World War. Fat was rubbed into his body and he was wrapped in felt to keep him warm. The sled looks as if it has been prepared for an expedition or in response to an emergency, with a survival kit strapped to it. The flashlight represents the sense of orientation, the felt is protective, and the fat is for food.


  • Acc. No. GMA 4545
  • Medium Wooden sled, felt, belts, flashlight, fat and rope
  • Size 35.00 x 90.00 x 35.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund 2002