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Beuys, Joseph - 1979 - Der Unbesiegbare / The Unconquerable One (die Grünen - pressure)

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Beuys, Joseph
born 1921 in D - Krefeld, died 1986 in D - Düsseldorf

 

pressure to the election poster "bei dieser Wahl: die Grünen"
1979
original design
silkscreen on wood containing yellow brown paper
101 cm x 70 cm (vertical sheet)
poster design: Johannes Stüttgen
photo: Ute Klophaus

print not perfect at the left side, small tear at the lower border, borders a little bit brown,
giving a lively impression to the process of printing, generally in good impression

(see additional pictures)

 

 

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motive:

Designed by Johannes Stüttgen, this poster shows Beuys' sculpture 'Der Unbesiegbare' (The Unconquerable One). It depicts a hare made from modeling clay being threatened by a plastic toy soldier - for Beuys, this represents the senseless war waged by cold technology against natural warmth and fertility. The German Green Party declined to use this poster as part of their election campaign." (Döring, 2011, p.106)

 
You can see the small figures today in Hessisches Landesmuseum Darmstadt (hall 7, show case 4).

 

The collegue Siegfried Sander wrote about the making of the posters with Beuys:

"When we presented the posters to Beuys we were mortally ashamed, but assured him that we had learned from our mistakes. Next time, if there was a next time, we'd do everything right. We were flabbergasted when Beuys found the posters, no two of which were alike, right just as they were: By no means should we make them any different in the future, he said." (Sander, Siegfried in: Joseph Beuys, Plakate. Posters, München 2021, p.34)

 

 

 

 

catalogue raisonné:

Joseph Beuys - Plakate, Kat. bearbeitet von P. Weiss u. F. Britsch, Verlag Schneider-Henn, München 1991, 77

Siben, Isabel: Joseph Beuys - Plakate / Posters, mit einem Werkverzeichnis von Claus von der Osten, München u.a. 2004, 125

Döring, Jürgen: Phantasie an die Macht - Politik im Künstlerplakat / Power to the Imagination - Artists, Posters and Politics, hg. von Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, 2011, p.106 f.

Joseph Beuys. Plakate. Multiples. exhibition cat. Kunsthalle der Sparkassenstiftung Lüneburg 2021, p.141

Joseph Beuys: Plakate. Posters - Verzeichnis der Plakate aus den Sammlungen von Claus von der Osten und Rene S. Spiegelberger / Index of Posters from the collections Claus von der Osten & Rene S. Spiegelberger, München u.a. 2021, p. 139 f., no. 160 f.

 

 

Beuys, Joseph - 1979 - Der Unbesiegbare / The Unconquerable One (die Grünen - pressure)
Beuys, Joseph - 1979 - Der Unbesiegbare / The Unconquerable One (die Grünen - pressure)