Incorrect Username, Email, or Password
Two tin cans placed next to each other with wires in between them. One has a red cross on it.

Two tin cans standing upright next to each other with small wires looping in between them. The wires meet at an orange flat square. One of the cans has a red cross painted on it.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Joseph Beuys, German (Krefeld, Germany 1921 - 1986 Düsseldorf, Germany)
Published by Edition Schellmann
Telephone T--R [mirrored R]
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Telefon S--E [mirrored E]
Work Type
multiple, object
Persistent Link

Physical Descriptions

Two tin cans, twine, label, brown oil paint ("Browncross")
11.8 x 20.2 x 10.1 cm (4 5/8 x 7 15/16 x 4 in.)

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

1 / 24 (approx. 12 produced)
Standard Reference Number
Schellmann 136, p. 152-153

Acquisition and Rights

Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, The Willy and Charlotte Reber Collection, Louise Haskell Daly Fund
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Accession Year
Object Number
Modern and Contemporary Art

The Harvard Art Museums encourage the use of images found on this website for personal, noncommercial use, including educational and scholarly purposes. To request a higher resolution file of this image, please submit an online request.

Publication History

  • Victoria Bunting, "Fat, Sulphur, Chocolate, and Blood: Storage Preservation and a Condition Survey for a Large Collection of Works by Joseph Beuys" (thesis (certificate in conservation), Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, 1996), Unpublished, passim
  • Peter Nisbet and Joseph Koerner, The Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, ed. Peter Nisbet, Harvard University Art Museums and Scala Publishers Ltd. (Cambridge, MA and London, England, 2007), p. 242, fig. 1

Exhibition History

  • Another View of Joseph Beuys: Multiples from New England Collections, David Winton Bell Gallery, Providence, 01/28/2006 - 03/08/2006
  • Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/24/2007 - 06/10/2007
  • 32Q: 1100 60’s Experiment, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/13/2016 - 04/07/2017

Verification Level

This record has been reviewed by the curatorial staff but may be incomplete. Our records are frequently revised and enhanced. For more information please contact the Division of Modern and Contemporary Art at