Tuesday, June 22, 2010

How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare

Beuys’s first solo exhibition in a private gallery opened on November 26, 1965 with one of the artist’s most famous and compelling performances: How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare. The artist could be viewed through the glass of the gallery’s window. His face was covered in honey and gold leaf, an iron slab was attached to his boot. In his arms he cradled a dead hare, into whose ear he mumbled muffled noises as well as explanations of the drawings that lined the walls.
Beuys our troubles are over.

"So no, creativity is not about ‘blue-sky thinking’ but about destruction and loss, transformed into art through the arduous creative process."

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