Bergkönig (Tunnel) 2 Planeten, Joseph Beuys
Joseph Beuys
Bergkönig (Tunnel) 2 Planeten
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Joseph Beuys

Bergkönig (Tunnel) 2 Planeten, 1958 – 1961 (1971)


Dimensions
35.0 x 83.0 cm
length
173.0 cm
Physical Description
Bronze
Inventory Number
DBP002
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
On display, lower level, Contemporary Art

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About the Work

The powerful torso, hollowed out like a tunnel, has the archetypal aura of an ancient relic. Time and weathering have left their mark on its surface. The body is like a landscape with jagged mountains and deep valleys. There is a cone-like element reminiscent of a head. ‘Bergkönig’ suggests the dualism of man and nature. Joseph Beuys conceived of the head as the seat of rational thought, which must be complemented by an opposite pole: nature, as a locus for mythology and intuition.

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Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Bergkönig (Tunnel) 2 Planeten (Original Title)
Title Translation
Mountain King (Tunnel) 2 Planets
Sculptor (male)
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Sammlung Deutsche Bank im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2020, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif

Iconclass

Primary
  • 0 Abstract, Non-representational Art
  • 31A2226 torso

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Last update

22.10.2020