Art UK has updated its cookies policy. By using this website you are agreeing to the use of cookies. To find out more read our updated Use of Cookies policy and our updated Privacy policy.

© DACS 2020. Photo credit: National Galleries of Scotland

Untitled 1964

Joseph Beuys (1921–1986)

National Galleries of Scotland

German sculptor, draughtsman, *Performance artist, and teacher, one of the leading figures in art in Europe from the 1960s to the 1980s, and central to debates about the role of the artist in the political sphere. Beuys was born in Krefeld and spent most of his early life in or near Kleve. He had intended being a paediatrician, but because of the outbreak of the Second World War he went virtually straight from school into the German air force.

Text source: A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art (Oxford University Press)

Do you know someone who would love this resource? Tell them about it...