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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist as a gift; Private collection, Germany

  • Exhibited

    Kleve, Museum Kurhaus, Joseph Beuys Collection, Permanent Collection, 2004-2006; Kranenburg, Museum Katharinehof, Joseph Beuys 1957/58: Das Keramische Relief Von Joseph Beuys Im Deutschen Bundestag, February 2 – February 16, 1997, no. 41, p. 65 (other example exhibited; illustrated)

  • Literature

    R. Manheim and B. Paust, eds., Joseph Beuys 1957/58: Das Keramische Relief Von Joseph Beuys Im Deutschen Bundestag, Germany, 1997, no. 41, p. 65 (other example illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    In the present lot, Joseph Beuys’ Untitled (swan flying over the landscape), the ceramic cast produced by the artist beckons us to his past. Raised in Kleve, Germany, Beuys evokes his native land by presenting the well-known Tiergarten situated in his hometown. The swan, also a symbol of Kleve, flies across the landscape suggesting a return to home. It is unclear whether the swan travels far, surveying the past as it presents itself unfolding in bird’s eye view, or whether the swan portends what is to come. Its flight leaves the viewer in poetic suspense.

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Untitled (swan flying over the landscape)

1957-1958
Glazed ceramic.
32 1/4 x 21 3/4 x 2 1/4 in. (81.9 x 55.2 x 5.7 cm).
This work is one of two casts; the other cast exists in an unglazed condition and now lies in the permanent collection of the Schloss Moyland Museum, Germany.

Estimate
$200,000 - 300,000 

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York