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Dumme Kiste [Dumb Box]
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Dumme Kiste [Dumb Box] 1982

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The simplicity of this box is reminiscent of the work of Minimalist artists, like Donald Judd or Carl Andre. However, Beuys felt that Minimalist art was too far away from the disorder of real life. Yet, in the same way that Judd and Andre made industrial materials look beautiful, Beuys's work was also directed by his love of materials and desire to explore their properties. Here, the neatly cut felt acts as a soft, organic buffer between the sheets of copper. It may be the material's insulating properties which provide the sculpture with its name.


  • Acc. No. AR00622
  • Medium Copper and felt
  • Size 47.00 x 108.00 x 63.00 cm
  • Credit 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