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Joseph Beuys

1921 - 1986

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Joseph Heinrich Beuys ( BOYSS, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈbɔʏs]; 12 May 1921 – 23 January 1986) was a German artist, teacher, performance artist, and art theorist whose work reflected concepts of humanism, sociology, and anthroposophy. He was a founder of a provocative art movement known as Fluxus and was a key figure in the development of Happenings. Beuys is known for his "extended definition of art" in which the ideas of social sculpture could potentially reshape society and politics. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Beuys has received more than 1,113,683 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Joseph Beuys is the 10th most popular artist, the 278th most popular biography from Germany (down from 258th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular German Artist.

Joseph Beuys was a German artist and sculptor who is most famous for his use of materials such as felt, fat, honey, and wax to create artworks that explore social and political issues.

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Among artists, Joseph Beuys ranks 10 out of 78Before him are M. C. Escher, Yoko Ono, Hans Holbein the Younger, Jusepe de Ribera, Victor Vasarely, and Jean Arp. After him are Yves Klein, Hiroshige, Marina Abramović, Theo van Doesburg, El Lissitzky, and Käthe Kollwitz.

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Among people born in 1921, Joseph Beuys ranks 15Before him are Suharto, John Rawls, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Yves Montand, Hua Guofeng, and Fahd of Saudi Arabia. After him are Giulietta Masina, Sophie Scholl, Simone Signoret, Gunnar Nordahl, Paulo Freire, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Among people deceased in 1986, Joseph Beuys ranks 12Before him are Andrei Tarkovsky, Cary Grant, Frank Herbert, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mircea Eliade, and Tenzing Norgay. After him are Georgia O'Keeffe, Jean Genet, Harold Macmillan, Urho Kekkonen, Cliff Burton, and Celâl Bayar.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Joseph Beuys ranks 278 out of 6,142Before him are Max von Laue (1879), Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1691), Paul Heyse (1830), Max Horkheimer (1895), Paul Ludwig Ewald von Kleist (1881), and Carl Zeiss (1816). After him are Maurice, Prince of Orange (1567), Constanze Mozart (1762), Michael Haneke (1942), August Kekulé (1829), Georgius Agricola (1494), and Karl May (1842).

Among ARTISTS In Germany

Among artists born in Germany, Joseph Beuys ranks 2Before him are Hans Holbein the Younger (1497). After him are Kurt Schwitters (1887), Josef Albers (1888), Ulay (1943), Méret Oppenheim (1913), Bernt Notke (1435), John Heartfield (1891), and Marianne Brandt (1893).