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Behind-the-scenes: Every two weeks, Museum staff carefully replace a piece of fresh fruit in gallery 170 as a part of the routine care for “Capri-Batterie” (1985) by Joseph Beuys. Beuys, who often worked with biodegradable materials, believed that art had the power to generate social change. In a humorous nod to his own beliefs, “Capri-Batterie” features a real lemon that is “plugged in” to a socket and a yellow light bulb, thus “powering” the light bulb with energy.

“Capri-Batterie,” 1985, by Joseph Beuys (On loan from the collection of Isabel and Augustín Coppel)