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Rückwärts (Backwards)

Date
1977
Dimensions
closed 16 x 11-1/4 inches
Type
Multiples
Description
Issue of Vorwärts (Nr. 29, Bonn, July 21, 1977) produced during documenta 6 in Kassel, Germany, 1977. At documenta 6 Beuys converted his area of the museum into an outlet of the Free International University with the sculpture Honey Pump installed in the space. The back page of this issue of Vorwärts is a cartoon of documenta 6 by Chlodwig Poth, and the back page is titled "Rückwärts" (backwards). Beuys has incorporated the word Rückwärts, printed in red at the top of the page, as part of the inscription "wer nicht nach Rückwärts und vorwärts denken will fliegt raus!"
Materials
offset lithograph, ink, ink stamp on paper
Credit Line
Alfred and Marie Greisinger Collection, Walker Art Center, T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1992
Accession Number
1992.419
Inscriptions
In red ink on back page (p. 32) along top and right edge in Beuys's handwriting "wer nicht nach [Rückwärts] und vorwärts denken will fliegt raus!"; stamped in blue ink UM with "FREE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY" stamp; in pencil LL "7/45"; in red ink LR "Joseph Beuys"
Copyright
Copyright Estate of Joseph Beuys / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York