Beuys, tears



Never thought a work by Joseph Beuys would bring tears to my eyes, but extended contemplation of his piece ‘The End of the Twentieth Century’ did just that. My reaction was triggered by the set of associations between the piece’s title, the basalt blocks and their similarity to recumbent human forms. My hat off to Is for suggesting the visit to the Tate with Ames and Gabes at playscheme and for visiting the Beuys exhibition itself which I might have passed over, (relatively) familiar as I am with his work. It was great to see the vitrines again, great to see The Pack in the flesh and some of the other pieces, such as Tram Stop, Fond VII/2 and I Want To See My Mountains with their stacks of felt and copper conducting plates, were also strikingly powerful and very moving.


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