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The scandalous purchase that inspired costumes at Basel Fasnacht.

The Hearth, Joseph Beuys, 1968-1974, Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart

The purchase of this installation in 1978 was such a scandal that it was chosen as a political subject to be represented at Basel's Fasnacht carnival. Moreover it was a subject suggested by two young Basel architects named Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron – who now enjoy worldwide renown. They worked together with the artist on the costumes and props to increase their creative potential.

Joseph Beuys is one of the most significant and yet most controversial artists of the 20th century. His significance and influence on art continue today. The key elements of «The Hearth» are six groups of copper and iron rods leaning against the walls, each object in dialogue with the others. The title "The Hearth" is intended as a metaphor for the giver of warmth, energy and life.

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