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

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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
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Bronze
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Administration
Collection
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

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Genre
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Iconclass

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

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15.05.2019