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Title
Fettbriefe (Fat Letters)
Artist
Joseph Beuys
Date
1973
Dimensions
12.125 × 16.125 × 1 inches
Materials
five sheets of letter paper treated with fat; with certificate
Location
Not on view

Object Details

Type
Mixed Media (Multiples)
Accession Number
1992.272.1-.29
Style
Fluxus
Edition
7/125
Inscriptions
Each sheet of stationery with Foundation name in offset text (.1, .6, .11, .16, .21), in ink front LR “Joseph Beuys”; certificate (.27) in ink front M “Jürg Brodmann / Joseph Beuys” [Brodmann signed twice, as “creator” and along with Beuys under the term “Foundation Advisers”; Each sheet of stationery with Foundation name in offset text (.1, .6, .11, .16, .21), in pencil reverse LR “IV/2.2–007/125”; blank sheet #92.272.5, in pencil reverse LL “I7”; blank sheet #92.272.10, in pencil reverse LL “R7”; blank sheet #92.272.15, in pencil reverse LL “E7”; blank sheet #92.272.20, in pencil reverse LL “D7”; blank sheet #92.272.25, in pencil reverse LL “F7”; certificate (.27), in ink front M “IV 2.3–007/125” / 10 Dezember 1973 2013"; in pencil on certificate reverse LL “7”; certificate is stamped in ink reverse LM with Edition Staeck stamp.
Physical Description
Appeared for the creation of the “Foundation for the Promotion of the Arts”, Basel..1-.5, five sheets of stationery with fat, grouped together as a unit. Top sheet of the packet (.1) is imprinted at the top with the words:“FONDAZIONE PER L'INCREMENTO DELLE ARTI”. That phrase is repeated in smaller type in three different languages: English, German and French. Other sheets of paper in the packet (.2-.5) have no printed text..6-.10, five sheets of stationery with fat, grouped together as a unit. Top sheet of the packet (.6) is imprinted at the top with the words:“FOUNDATION FOR THE PROMOTION OF THE ARTS”. That phrase is repeated in smaller type in three different languages: German, French and Italian. Other sheets of paper in the packet (.7-.10) have no printed text..11-.15, five sheets of stationery with fat, grouped together as a unit. Top sheet of the packet (.11) is imprinted at the top with the words:“FUNDAZIUN PER PROMOVER IGL ART”. That phrase is repeated in smaller type in three different languages: German, French and Italian. Other sheets of paper in the packet (.12-.15) have no printed text..16-.20, five sheets of stationery with fat, grouped together as a unit. Top sheet of the packet (.16) is imprinted at the top with the words:“FONDATION POUR L'ENCOURAGEMENT DES ARTS”. That phrase is repeated in smaller type in three different languages: Italian, English and German. Other sheets of paper in the packet (.17-.20) have no printed text..21-.26, six sheets of stationery with fat, grouped together as a unit. Top sheet of the packet (.21) is imprinted at the top with the words:“STIFTUNG ZUR FOERDERUNG DER KUENSTE”. That phrase is repeated in smaller type in three different languages: French, Italian and English. Sheets of paper (.22-.25) have no printed text, but sheet 92.272.2, the sixth sheet in packet, is imprinted on reverse:“WAS IST KUNS / T? / Entsprechende Definitionen sind zu ric / hten an die / Stiftung zur Förderung der Kün / ste / Postfach / 4028 Basel” [plus a bit more text]
Printer
N.A.
Credit Line
Alfred and Marie Greisinger Collection, Walker Art Center, T. B. Walker Acquisition Fund, 1992