Joseph Beuys

Battery

About this artwork

This collage refers to the artist's interest in sources of energy and power. A battery can be either a portable source of energy, or an instrument that converts chemical to electrical energy. Used as a motif, the battery would have appealed to the artist for its capacity to store or transform energy and in its ability to convert one type of energy to another. Beuys later used the concept of the battery in his series of sculptural works called 'Fonds'.

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  • title:
    Battery
  • accession number:
    AR00110
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  • materials:
    Graphite on board on oil paint on paper
  • date created:
    1959
  • measurements:
    24.00 x 25.20 cm
  • 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.
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys