Joseph Beuys

1921 - 1986

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Joseph Heinrich Beuys ( BOYSS, German: [ˈjoːzɛf ˈbɔʏs]; May 12, 1921 – January 23, 1986) was a German artist, teacher, performance artist, and art theorist whose work reflected concepts of humanism, social philosophy, and anthroposophy. He is a founder of the 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 977,125 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Beuys is the 10th most popular artist, the 258th most popular biography from Germany (up from 266th 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 77Before him are Yoko Ono, M. C. Escher, Victor Vasarely, Hans Holbein the Younger, Jean Arp, and Jusepe de Ribera. After him are Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein, Hiroshige, Theo van Doesburg, El Lissitzky, and Luca Signorelli.

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Among people born in 1921, Joseph Beuys ranks 14Before him are Suharto, Fawzia Fuad of Egypt, Michael I of Romania, Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Yves Montand, and Peter Ustinov. After him are Jean-Bédel Bokassa, Hua Guofeng, Sophie Scholl, Simone Signoret, Giulietta Masina, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt. Among people deceased in 1986, Joseph Beuys ranks 11Before him are Andrei Tarkovsky, Vyacheslav Molotov, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Mircea Eliade, Cary Grant, and Tenzing Norgay. After him are Henry Moore, Jean Genet, Harold Macmillan, Cliff Burton, Frank Herbert, and Benny Goodman.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Joseph Beuys ranks 258 out of 5,289Before him are Hermann Hoth (1885), Pope Clement II (1005), Ferdinand Tönnies (1855), Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb (1876), Max Scheler (1874), and Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756). After him are Michael Haneke (1942), Gerhard Richter (1932), Augustus III of Poland (1696), Wilhelm Grimm (1786), Johannes Stark (1874), and Georgius Agricola (1494).

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), Bernt Notke (1435), Méret Oppenheim (1913), John Heartfield (1891), and Marianne Brandt (1893).