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Wirtschaftswert Kristall-Saccharin (Economic Value Crystal Saccharin)

Date
circa 1977-1984
Dimensions
3-1/8 x 2-1/8 x 1/16 inches
Type
Multiples
Description
Paper packet containing crystallized saccharin, with handwritten addiiton in ink by Beuys, and inkstamp. 1 of 5 "Economic Value" objects in box labeled "Magnetische Postkarte" (crossed out). From Edition Staeck, 1/7/97: "During the years 1977-1984 J. Beuys collected a big sortiment of so called "Wirtschaftswerte". It consisted of many different articles of different usage mostly of origin of German Democratic Republic. The number of copies of the article sranged from 1 to 10. In 1984 J. Beuys chose out of his collection most articles which he arranged as a big installation in the Museum of Hedendaagse Kunst in Ghent, Belgium. The rest of the articles which he didn't use for the installation he signed as "Wirtschaftswert" and it was distributed then piece for piece."
Materials
ink and inkstamp on paper packet containing crystallized saccharin
Credit Line
Alfred and Marie Greisinger Collection, Walker Art Center, T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1992
Accession Number
1992.506
Inscriptions
in ink C "1Wirtschaftswert"; UR part of "FREE INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY" ink stamp
Copyright
Copyright Estate of Joseph Beuys / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York