The Silence (Ingmar Bergman)

About Joseph Beuys

A major figure of the postwar German avant-garde, Joseph Beuys viewed art as a vehicle for social change. His performance art "actions" were shamanistic experiences incorporating ritualized movement and sound, as well as non-traditional and even repulsive materials such as fat, felt, honey, blood, and dead animals. For example, in his groundbreaking 1965 performance How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare, Beuys—who was covered in symbolic materials such as honey, gold leaf, and iron—explained artworks to a cradled hare. Akin to Andy Warhol in influence but with a more widely (and wildly) ranging formal vocabulary, Beuys counted debate and teaching as part of his art and was a leader in many socioeconomic reform movements.

German, 1921-1986, Krefeld, Germany, based in Düsseldorf, Germany

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Campaign for Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2016
Joseph Beuys - Nam June Paik, Galerie Thomas, Munich
2013
Kiasma Hits: 13th Collection Exhibition, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Joseph Beuys - Nam June Paik, Galerie Thomas, Munich

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Red Desert, Artvera's Art Gallery, Geneva
2016
ARTephemera, VINCE fine arts/ephemera, Miami
2016
Campaign for Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco
2015
Take an Object, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, United States
2014
Labor Intensive, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York
2013
Kiasma Hits: 13th Collection Exhibition, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art
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