La historia de Capri-Batterie de Joseph Beuys

Capri, Italy, 1985. Joseph Beuys literally connects a bulb with a lemon like if it were a power adapter. Its appearance resembles absolutely the object of light, but, at the same time, it does not have any sense. This is conceptual art, although some would say this is post-conceptual art. Both describe and define this work amid their theory. The bulb is connected to a lemon, just as it sounds. Does the lemon-related intense yellowish color come from the electricity of the bulb that runs through waves? Or does the energy come from the fruit to turn on the light? We do not even know if Beuys knew it.

It is about the ecological equilibrium between civilizations and their quality of keeping an apparent balance to existence of human beings that are compatible with nature. A natural source of energy for all things humankind uses may exist, a source that addresses, in some way, the circuit that gives circulation to the energy humans create. The natural battery that many times people use to rescue a new element to provide to their survival on earth.

Conceptualism and their products make an effect of esthetical speculation that addresses absurd or all related to be innovative, that appellant sparkle that moves minds to question the motives of creating an artwork. What people do not know is that while Joseph was creating the artwork, at the same time, he was recovering of a harsh and long illness that keeps him for a long time in darkness. However, once his work finished, that intense yellowish color of both elements in the installation represent sunlight, the recovery, and a encouraging atmosphere.

By mixing objects – a lemon, a bulb, and an electrical socket – he built an 8×11-centimeter installation that is now being exhibited in the National Gallery of Scotland. It is the most successful and last metaphor the artist did before dying.



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