Joseph Beuys

Domenica delle Palme

About this artwork

Beuys spent much time in Italy in the 1980s. The title of this work means 'Palm Sunday' in Italian, which is the Sunday before Easter that commemorates the entry of Christ into Jerusalem. Palm fronds were thrown in his path, and in remembrance palm leaves are given to the congregation in some churches on that Sunday. Palm leaves are included in this glass vitrine, lying on powdered yellow sulphur. Although Beuys was not religious, he was interested in spirituality and his work does include references to Christianity. He was likely interested in the ritualistic aspect of the story, and the sulphur may have been included because it melts to a blood-red liquid when burned. Sulphur is also traditionally associated with the soul and the spirit.

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  • title:
    Domenica delle Palme
  • accession number:
    AR00089
  • artist:
    Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
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  • materials:
    Palm fronds, blossom, sulphur, cardboard, metal and glass
  • date created:
    1981
  • measurements:
    86.00 x 145.00 x 99.00 mm
  • 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