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Trance in the House of the Shaman
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Trance in the House of the Shaman 1961

On Display Modern Two

  • Artist Rooms
Beuys adopted a shamanistic guise in many of his 'actions' from the 1960s onwards, a role anticipated in his earlier drawings. In this depiction of a shamanic ritual, the image of a standing male figure has been overlaid with that of a crouching female figure. Both figures are shown without their heads; however, the shape behind the man appears to be a head with an enlarged eye. This may represent the 'third eye' which allows perception on a higher, spiritual level. In shamanism, the head is regarded as sacred, being the means of communication.


  • Acc. No. AR00650
  • Medium Collage and pencil on paper
  • Size 17.70 x 16.40 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