Joseph Beuys

Scala Napoletana

About this artwork

Much of the work Beuys made in his last few years includes objects or themes which suggest death. This sculpture was originally inspired by a ladder the artist found while recovering from illness on the island of Capri in Autumn 1985, which he hung with two stones. When he visited Amalfi at Christmas in the same year, he purchased a ladder (‘Scala Libera’) from a landlord which he used to make this sculpture. Held in suspension, it appears as if the pair of lead weights are preventing this heavy wooden ladder from soaring into the air. This is one of the last sculptures Beuys made. He died in January 1986.

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  • title:
    Scala Napoletana
  • accession number:
    AR00086
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  • materials:
    Wood, steel wire and lead
  • date created:
    1985
  • measurements:
    1100.00 x 1000.00 x 600.00 cm (room size at Bexhill)
  • credit line:
    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
  • copyright:
    © DACS 2018.
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Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys