Partitur fur Sibirische Symphonie [Score for Siberian Symphony] (1966)
About this artwork
The title of this work translates as 'Score for Siberian Symphony'. This refers to the artist's first performance or 'action' in February 1963, called 'Siberian Symphony'. The central part of the performance was a piano composition by Beuys, as the word 'score' indicates. This was blended into a piece of music by the early twentieth-century, avant-garde composer Erik Satie. The music was supported by props, including lumps of clay connected by wire and a blackboard with a dead hare hung on it. The simple style of this collage is reminiscent of the artist's early list-style drawings, which use words for visual effect and structure.
- title: Partitur fur Sibirische Symphonie [Score for Siberian Symphony]
- accession number: AR00674
- artist: Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
- gallery: In Storage
- object type: Work on paper
- date created: 1966
- measurements: 30.90 x 20.90 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 2016.
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
German artist Beuys believed that art was integral to everyday life. His own art was shaped by an experience early in his life. As a Luftwaffe pilot during the war, Beuys was shot down over the Crimea and was saved by nomadic Tartars. Barely alive, he was wrapped in felt and fat which preserved his body heat, and taken to safety on sledges pulled by dogs. This incident, and these particular elements, informed much of his art, which has a redemptive, mystical and ritualistic character. Central to his work were his 'Actions', which involved teaching, audience discussion and performance. The recurrent themes were social and political. Associated with the ecological movement - he was a founder member of the Green Party - he also had a strong influence on German politics.