© Axel Schneider, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst
Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt. Joseph Beuys’s Boxing Match for Direct Democracy: Frankfurt’s Museum of Modern Art (MMK) has purchased Joseph Beuys’s 1972 zinc vitrine housing the leather mitts, helmet and boxing ring ropes from his “boxing match for direct democracy” at Documenta 5 with the German sculptor Abraham David Christian. The fight at the Museum Fridericianum in Kassel took place on 8 October 1972, the last day of Harald Szeemann’s exhibition, where Beuys had spent 100 days in residence, debating social reform with visitors at his office for the Organisation for Direct Democracy. Beuys later said that the three-round match, which he won, “expresses nothing other than this fight for a humane future”. The sculpture—bought through London’s Waddington Custot gallery for €672,350—will be on view at the MMK until the end of March.