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Campaign Bed 1982

Field bed, electrical accumulator (copper, iron, wood), felt blanket

One if the most important stories associated with Beuys concerned his plane crash in the Crimea during the Second World War. According to the myth, he was rescued by a band of Tatars who coated his body with fat and wrapped him in felt to keeo him alive. The felt blanket became one of Beuys's signature materials. The campaign bed in this work -  deisgned to be portable and easily assembled -  carries association with the body but also ideas of survival under emergency condition, while the electrical accumulator suggests the preservation of physical and creative energy.

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