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Tramstop / A Monument to the Future


Joseph Beuys


Mediums: metal.
Location: The Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (Germany).

This autobiographical work was created for the German pavilion at the 37th Venice Biennale. The spatial setting reflects childhood memories of a real building, and also demonstrates the author’s vision of the future. The work is key to the entire history of contemporary art. The attention is focused on the connection of a person with a weapon that is a monster. The images of the dead are awakening – they are still in danger and violence. In Otterlo, you can see the original version (though not standing, as in Venice, but lying) – a rusty tram rail 8.6 m long, four iron pipes and a gun from the early medieval period. A cast-iron head with a suffering expression on the face of a monster with huge grinning teeth probably dates back to the clay work of B. Sassen, a student of Boyce, made in 1963. The second version of the installation is presented in Hamburg.