Joseph Beuys

Felt Suit

About this artwork

The suit was made to the measurements of one of Beuys's own suits, except that the sleeves and the legs were lengthened. Felt is one of the materials the artist frequently used. The original suit was worn by Beuys for the 'Action of the Dead / Isolation Unit' on 24 November 1970 in Düsseldorf. Beuys stated that the suit represented a way of protecting an individual from the world. It also acts as a symbol of the isolation of human beings. There are connotations of the suits worn by prisoners, in particular those in Nazi concentration camps.

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  • artist:
    Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
  • title:
    Felt Suit
  • date created:
    1970
  • materials:
    Felt, sewn, stamped
  • measurements:
    170.00 x 60.00 cm (approx)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Art Fund 2002
  • accession number:
    GMA 4552
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys