The German artist Joseph Beuys (1921-1986) is one of the most emblematic representatives of the conceptual art of the second half of the twentieth century. His, is an art that moves along completely new paths, merging completely his existence with his being an artist. From the very first performances he explored the role of the artist as a shaman, committing himself to involve his audience in a provocative and all-encompassing way, inviting viewer to use art as a means of revolutionary human change, the so-called "social sculpture", as he describes it. .
Beuys has created performative objects, installations, sculptures and drawings that challenge our traditional notions of beauty and desire. The in-depth experimental nature of his work established Beuys as a founding father of the German avant-garde, a great teacher of fame at the Düsseldorf Academy whose influence continues to reverberate on contemporary history and artists.
"Making people free is the purpose of art, therefore, art for me is the science of freedom." (Joseph Beuys)