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A two-piece suit in thick gray felt.

The two-piece suit is made of a thick, slightly fuzzy gray felt. The jacket has a collar and narrow notched lapels edged in black. The jacket is unlined, it has a breast pocket and two pockets with flaps at waist height. It has no buttons. The trousers are straight legged with sharp creases down the front.

Identification and Creation

Object Number
Joseph Beuys, German (Krefeld, Germany 1921 - 1986 Düsseldorf, Germany)
Published by Galerie René Block, Berlin
Felt Suit
Other Titles
Original Language Title: Filzanzug
Work Type
multiple, sculpture
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Physical Descriptions

Wool felt with ink stamp
177 x 100 cm (69 11/16 x 39 3/8 in.)

State, Edition, Standard Reference Number

63 / 100 plus 10 h.c.
Standard Reference Number
Schellmann 26, p. 64-65

Acquisition and Rights

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

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Publication History

  • Lisa Lee, Isa Genzken: Sculpture as World Receiver, University of Chicago Press (Chicago and London, 2017), p. 128, fig. 76, ill. (color)

Exhibition History

  • Icons: Magnets of Meaning, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, 04/18/1997 - 09/14/1997
  • Modern Art at Harvard, Bunkamura Museum of Art, Tokyo, 07/31/1999 - 09/26/1999; Takamatsu City Museum of Art, Kagawa, 10/09/1999 - 11/14/1999; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, 12/02/1999 - 12/27/1999; Oita City Museum, Oita, 01/06/2000 - 02/06/2000; Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, Ibaraki, 02/11/2000 - 03/26/2000
  • Pattern Language: Clothing as Communicator, Tufts University Art Gallery, Medford, 09/09/2005 - 11/13/2005; Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, 01/20/2006 - 04/09/2006; University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, 06/15/2006 - 08/15/2006
  • Multiple Strategies: Beuys, Maciunas, Fluxus, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 02/24/2007 - 06/10/2007
  • HAA 10 Survey Course (S421): The Western Tradition: Art Since the Renaissance (Fall 08 Rotation 2), Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/23/2008 - 11/16/2008
  • 32Q: 1100 60’s Experiment, Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, 04/23/2015 - 10/07/2015

Subjects and Contexts

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