Joseph Heinrich Beuys (/bɔɪs/ 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.

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Joseph Beuys
Offset poster for Beuys' 1974 US lecture-series "Energy Plan for the Western Man", Ronald Feldman Gallery
Born
Joseph Heinrich Beuys

(1921-05-12)12 May 1921
Died23 January 1986(1986-01-23) (aged 64)
EducationKunstakademie Düsseldorf
Known forPerformance, sculpture, visual art, sociophilosophy, theory of art
Notable workHow to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare (1965)
Fettecke (1965)
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Beuys is known for his "extended definition of art" in which the ideas of social sculpture could potentially reshape society and politics. He frequently held open public debates on a wide range of subjects, including political, environmental, social, and long-term cultural issues.[1][2]

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