Joseph Beuys

Physico-Chem-Zeit-Konstellation 11:00 23:00 (1962)

About this artwork

Allusions to different branches of science are brought together in this two-part drawing, which refers to physics, chemistry and astronomy. In the top part, selected words have been covered with paint, as if to 'absorb' them into the medium. In the bottom part, the covering of words seems more artful, with longer sweeps of paint used, as if charting the movements of stars. The work includes a sense of passing time over a twelve-hour period, with the top part marked 23:00 hours and the bottom 11:00 hours. It may have been made to record a particular event.

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  • title: Physico-Chem-Zeit-Konstellation 11:00 23:00
  • accession number: AR00698
  • artist: Joseph BeuysGerman (1921 - 1986)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • date created: 1962
  • measurements: Part 1: 20.80 x 28.00 cm; Part 2: 21.20 x 21.20 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
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys

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.