Joseph Beuys (1921- 86) Germany.
A master of compelling performance pieces, in 1974 he flew to New York, and dropped off in a small room. The room also had a wild coyote occupying it. He spent 8 hours a day for 3 days with the coyote and by the end the animal was tolerant of Beuys and allowed a hug from the artist. He never set foot on outside American soil nor saw anything of America other than the coyote and the inside of the gallery.
Bending the rules.