Joseph Beuys - Fettstuhl
Germany - 1964
25 x 35 in (64 x 89 cm)
Photo of the profile of Joseph Beuys' sculpture Fat Chair.
Joseph Beuys was one of the most influential artists of the late 20th Century. He was a German artist most famous for his sculptures and performance art. Recognized for his avant-garde and political approach to art, Beuys' work has been exhibited across Europe and America, with retrospectives in museums like the Guggenheim and Tate Modern. After serving in the airforce in World War II, Beuys returned to art school and became involved with the Fluxus art group during the 60's. This group of radical artists wanted to expand the definition of art, believing art should be created with the intention of transforming the world socially and politically.
Fat Chair, the sculpture pictured in this poster, was a design Beuys recreated several times throughout his career. This specific version was premiered at the Hessian State Museum in Darmstadt, Germany. Animal fat was a common material in Beuys' artworks, the material holding lasting importance to him following his warplane crash in World War II. Nomads who rescued him from his crash used fat to treat his wounds, and this story became a reoccurring theme in Beuys' art.
Artist: Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys Fettstuhl 1964. Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt.