A Room of One’s Own
It is truly starting from the places of exclusion, that one can dismantle the foundations of conformist culture
and reappropriate one’s vision of nature and of the space that surrounds us, restoring an artistic value based
on the affective adherence between us the objects and their location. Fulfilling an ecosystem of your
soul in front of the environment.
/ Joseph Beuys,
I Want to See my Mountains, 1950–71,
The Beuys’s first room-installation bring together furniture from his early life in Cleves and from his studio of the 1950s. The objects, positioned on copper sheets, are all associated with his personal conception of art. The title derives from the last words of Italian painter Giovanni Segantini who, while dying demanded to be brought to see the mountains. For Beuys, a mountain represents a high pitch of consciousness: ‘the mountains of the self.’ Some chalk inscriptions make explicit connections between the intimate personal space of the room and features of the natural world. The wardrobe is marked ‘Vadrec(t)’- glacier. The packing case is marked ‘Felsen’, or cliff. The bed is ‘Walun’ – valley. A wooden close box, containing a human bone and a piece of bog oak, is ‘Sciora’ – a mountain chain. The word ‘Cime’, or peaks, is on the back of the mirror. ‘Denken’ or ‘Thinking’, is on the butt of a hunting rifle.