Joseph Beuys

Sled

About this artwork

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.

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  • title:
    Sled
  • accession number:
    GMA 4545
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  • materials:
    Wooden sled, felt, belts, flashlight, fat and rope
  • date created:
    1969
  • measurements:
    35.00 x 90.00 x 35.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund 2002
  • copyright:
    © DACS 2018.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys