Joseph Beuys


Object, 30 x 20 x 6 cm.
Materials: wooden box, pencil (signed)

Collection: M HKA, Antwerp (Inv. no. M00381).

Joseph Beuys once stated “Modernism is not the answer”. Intuition, is a multiple by the artist that reflected his belief that Western society, through modernisation, had suffered a deep splitting of rationality and intuition. As an artist who was anti-modern, Beuys felt that society had emphasised rationality in its culture, creativity, lifestyle, governance, economics and relationship to nature. Whereas, intuition, often seen as a (stereotypical) characteristic of the ‘East’, would enrich life, learning and creativity. He felt that this split that had taken place in Western mentality was a violent infliction, and sought to reconcile these two characteristics. His work Intuition is a simple wooden box, onto the inside of which Beuys handwrote the word “Intuition” in pencil. The edition was intended as unlimited, and available for the price of 8 Deutschmarks. Beuys’ offer of a box emulating a modernist object or sculpture for containing one’s intuition, was a call to reconnect with these latent capacities of human nature.

Edition: unlimited, ca. 12000 pieces, signed and dated, not numbered

Vice-Versand, Remscheid

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