"On November 26, 1965, Beuys put the hare into the leading role in an
Action. The title: How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare. The
place: Galerie Alfred Schmela, in Düsseldorf, a gallery that had
commited itself early and strongly to Beuys and had done a great deal
to promote his reputation. Beuys sat on a chair in one corner of the gallery,
next to the entrance. He had poured honey over his head, to which he had then
affixed fifty dollars worth of gold leaf. In his arms he cradled a dead hare,
which he looked at steadfastly. Then he stood up, walked around the room holding
the dead hare in his arms, and held it up close to the pictures on the walls;
he seemed to be talking to it. Sometimes he broke off his tour and, still
holding the dead creature, stepped over a withered fir tree that lay in the
middle of the gallery. All this was done with indescribable tenderness
and great concentration."
Heiner Stachelhaus, Joseph Beuys , Abbeville Press, New York, 1987,
(Translated by David Britt), p. 135.