Joseph Beuys And The Iron Room

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Joseph Beuys enacted a performance piece in 1965. Beuys’s head and face were covered in honey and gold leaf, a slab of iron tied to one boot, a felt pad to the other, as the artist cradled a dead hare (Wolf). Beuys whispered things to the dead hare about his own drawings hanging on the walls around him. Beuys would periodically walk around the cramped space, one footstep muffled by the felt, the other amplified by the iron (Wolf). Joseph Beuys could only be viewed through a gallery’s window. Every item in the room was chosen specifically for both its symbolic meaning and literal significance. Honey represented life, gold meant wealth, the hare was death, metal as conductor of invisible energies, and felt represented protection (Wolf). The performance

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