Something for the Weekend.

Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys at Leeds Art Gallery

 
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Leeds Art Gallery is currently exhibiting German fluxus/performance artist Joseph Beuys' (1921–1986) sculpture and drawings from the 1950's onwards and it's well worth a visit. 

Drawn from the collections of the National Galleries of Scotland and the Tate this exhibition examines Beuys pioneering use of materials as well as the science that underlines much of his work.

Central to this exhibition is Scala Napoletana (1985), a piece that like much of the work Beuys produced towards the end of his life, deals with the theme of death. Comprising of a ladder held in suspension by two lead weights, Scala Napoletana, was originally inspired by a ladder Beuys found whilst recovering from illness in Capri, which he hung with two stones.

 It appears as if the lead weights are stopping the ladder from rising into the air. 

It appears as if the lead weights are stopping the ladder from rising into the air. 

This major exhibition of Beuys work will run until January 21st 2018.

 

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