Otto Piene

TypeMale
Artist
Associated person(s)
URLsInstitutions/museums ZERO Foundation (de / en)
Wikipedia (de)
Wikipedia (en)
Documentation German National Library (de / en)
Document Pages: 10, GRUPPI STRANIERI - GRUPPO ZERO, - Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Günther Uecker (it)


Awards
Award2013Max-Beckmann-PreisStadt Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am Main (DE)
Award1996Sculpture PrizeAmerican Academy of Arts and LettersNew York (US)
Honour1989Verdienstkreuz 1. Klasse der Bundesrepublik DeutschlandBundesrepublik DeutschlandBonn (DE)


Exhibitions
Solo exhibition2015Otto Piene. LichtLWL-Museum für Kunst und KulturMuenster (DE)
Solo exhibition1996Otto Piene – Retrospektive 1952–1996Kunstmuseum DüsseldorfDusseldorf (DE)
Group exhibition1965Mack, Piene, Uecker. ZEROKestner-GesellschaftHanover (DE)
Group exhibition1959 - 1977documenta II + III + VIdocumenta KasselKassel (DE)


Publications
Monography1999WienandOtto Piene – Sky Art 1968–19963-87909-611-2Cologne (DE) Susanne Rennert, Stephan von Wiese
Monography1989DuMontZeitzeichen. Stationen Bildender Kunst in Nordrhein-Westfalen3-7701-2314-XCologne (DE) Karl Ruhrberg
Group exhibition catalogue1965Mack, Piene, Uecker O – ZEROWieland SchmiedHanover (DE) Kestner-Gesellschaft


2014
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Died

Berlin, Germany

2014
1972 - 1994
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Research and teaching

Boston, USA
1972 wurde er Professor of Visual Design for Environmental Art (Professor der Umweltkunst) am Massachusetts Institute of Technology, das ihn 1974 zum Direktor des CAVS berief, dessen Leitung er bis 1994 innehatte.

1972 - 1994
1968 - 1971
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Research and teaching

, USA
Fellow of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) founded by Gyorgy Kepes in 1967.

1968 - 1971
1964
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Research and teaching

Pennsylvania, USA
Visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania

1964
1957
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Projects

Dusseldorf, Germany
As a reaction to the abstract Informel, Piene and Heinz Mack founded the later internationally influential artist group ZERO (“Zero Point of Art”) in Düsseldorf on April 11, 1957, which Günther Uecker also joined in 1961.

1957
1953 - 1957
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Education

Cologne, Germany
Studied philosophy at the University of Cologne and graduated with the state examination.

1953 - 1957
1950 - 1953
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Education

Dusseldorf, Germany
Studied at the art academy in Düsseldorf

1950 - 1953
1949 - 1950
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Education

Munich, Germany
Studied painting and art education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich

1949 - 1950
1928
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Born

Bad Laasphe, Germany

1928

After studying painting, art education and philosophy in Munich, Düsseldorf and Cologne, Otto Piene, born in Laasphe in 1928, made a name for himself as one of the founding members of group of artists known as ZERO. The group, which has been operating out of Düsseldorf since 1958 and to which Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker also belong, caused quite a stir back then when they rejected the “Art Informel” movement that was dominant in West Germany at that time. It gained international renown when it joined forces with other European artists living in other European countries, like Yves Klein and Piero Manzoni. When ZERO was dissolved in 1966 Piene spent more time teaching at universities in the USA. Piene’s works, which have been shown at many exhibitions and which change hands these days for a very high price, are considered to be particularly influential in the field of inter-medial art.

https://www.goethe.de/en/kul/bku/20373407.html (13.06.2021)

 

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Electric Rose photo Electric Rose 1965 Otto Piene 
Lichtraum photo Lichtraum 2001 Otto Piene