Objectives and tasks
The work was restored for the exhibition "Joseph Beuys. The Space Curator".
The video sculpture consisting of 44 picture tube televisions - and homage to Joseph Beuys - had not been presented in the Staatsgalerie for more than 20 years.
In order to ensure a stable presentation, all components of the sculpture had to be checked with regard to a long-term exhibition duration and, if necessary, reworked. The imaging media (four laserdiscs) had to be digitised for this purpose.
Information about the object
Title: Beuys Video Wall (Beuys Hat) Beuys Video Wall (Beuys Hat)
Dimensions: height: 350 cm; width: 660 cm; depth: 230 cm
Technique: various materials
Inv. no.: P 1041
Restoration period: 2019-2020
Arnaud Obermann, M.A. Rest. for Media Art
Methodology and procedure
After recording the actual condition, a comprehensive restoration concept for the video sculpture could be created. All the picture tube televisions (as well as 16 replacement units) were refurbished by an external service provider - Christian Draheim and the company Colorvac. The digitisation of the laserdiscs was done in-house. In consultation with the former Paik assistant Jochen Saueracker, the restorers of the Staatsgalerie were able to uncover all the functional connections and document the essential work steps for a renewed presentation of the sculpture.