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Entwurf für ein Filzenvironment [Model for a Felt Environment]
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Entwurf für ein Filzenvironment [Model for a Felt Environment] 1964

Not on display

  • Artist Rooms
The neat rolls of grey felt on painted wood inside this vitrine are intended as a model for an 'environment'. Felt insulates and absorbs, representing protection but also a sense of constriction, like being suffocated. The same type of felt rolls are seen in the 'environment' 'Plight' (1958/1985), now in the Pompidou Centre, in which the walls and ceiling are covered with felt to create a stifling atmosphere. Beuys used felt in an infamous 'action' performed the same year this model was made. 'The Chief' saw the artist being wrapped in a felt blanket, fighting claustrophobia to lie practically still, as if in a coffin, for a nine-hour period.


  • Acc. No. AR00619
  • Medium Wood, glass, felt, oil paint and lead
  • Size 184.00 x 168.00 x 84.00 cm (felt object: 63.00 x 70.00 x 22.00 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