Joseph Beuys

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Birthday
12, 1921
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 23, 1986 (64)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
12, 1921
Birthplace
Germany
Death Date
Jan 23, 1986 (64)

About

Fluxus, happening, and performance artist whose work acted as socio-political commentary and explored humanist themes. He was known for "Homogenous Infiltration for Piano" from 1966 and his anti-Ronald Reagan song, "Sonne statt Reagan," from 1982.

Before Fame

He attended the Dusseldorf Academy of Fine Arts during the 1940s. He was a Luftwaffe volunteer in 1941 and trained as an aircraft radio operator with Heinz Sielmann.

Trivia

He created a huge-scale, socially themed sculptural work called the "7000 Oaks" project.

Family Life

His father was a merchant in Krefeld. He and his siblings were members of the Hitler Youth during the 1930s.

Associated With

He admired Franz Kline.