5-1/4 x 3-3/4 x 1/8 inches
Paper packet containing budgerigar food, with handwritten addiitons in ink by Beuys. 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."
ink and ink stamp on paper packet of birdseed
Alfred and Marie Greisinger Collection, Walker Art Center, T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1992
in ink LC "1 Wirtschaftswert"; stamped in ink UC "Hauptstrom"
Copyright Estate of Joseph Beuys / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York