Leverkusen 1932 - 1998 Berlin
Wolf Vostell completed an apprenticeship as a lithographer before studying at the Art College Wuppertal, at the École des beaux arts in Paris and the Düsseldorf Art Academy. In 1958 in Paris, he performed the first happening in Europe and invented decollage by tearing off layers of posters. He was the first German artist to use television as an artistic medium and integrated TV sets in his works. Central themes of his oeuvre are the Holocaust, political ones such as the student revolts, the Cold War and the Berlin Wall, in 1970 he moved into the divided city. Among the material he uses is concrete, which he used for his Car Cement Sculptures (one of which was installed in Cologne, another in Chicago), and in liquid form as a painting medium, molten lead, which he poured over canvasses, and gold leaf. Vostell is one of the trail blazers of environments, installation, happenings and video art, and one of the co-founders of the Fluxus movement.