1/12/2013

Joseph Beuys


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How to Explain Paintings to a Dead Hare, Nov. 26, 1965


" The idea of explaining to an animal conveys a sense of the secrecy of the world and of existence that
appeals to the imagination. Then, as I said, even a dead animal preserves more powers of intuition than
some human beings with their stubborn rationality.
The problem lies in the word ‘understanding’ and its many levels which cannot be restricted to rational
analysis. Imagination, inspiration, an longing all lead people to sense that these other levels also play
a part in understanding. This must be the root of reactions to this action, and is why my technique has
been to try and seek out the energy points in the human power field, rather than demanding specific
knowledge or reactions on then part of the public. I try to bring to light the complexity of creative areas.”

Joseph Beuys



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