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Otto Piene

Vita Otto Piene

1928

Born in Bad Laasphe, North Rhine-Westphalia

1948 - 1950

Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Munich

1950 - 1953

Kunstakademie, Düsseldorf

1951 - 1964

Teacher at the fashion school in Düsseldorf

1953 - 1957

Studies of philosophy at the university of Cologne

1957 - 1966

"Zero" exhibitions and magazines, together with Mack and Uecker

1957

first "Lichtballett"

1959

first "Rauch- und Feuerbilder" (smoke and fire pictures)

1960

first programmed light sculptures

1962 - 1969

Environments for persons, light, fire, smoke, air and helium sculptures

1964

Guest professorship at the University of Pennsylvania

Since 1964

(Municipal theatre Bonn). Orders for "Kunst am Bau" (art within architecture), et al

1971 - 1972 Olympic Games in Munich and 1994 light dome, "Schadow-Arkaden", Düsseldorf
Since 1968 Work with air projects (Sky Art) with balloons and spotlights at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (C.A.V.S.) of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) (since 1974 as director)
1989 - 90 Member of the founding board of the "Kunsthochschule für Medien" in Cologne
2003  
receives the "Leonardo da Vinci-Weltkunstpreis"
 
2014 deceased on 17.7. in Berlin

 

 

Exhibitions (selection)

  • More Sky, Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2014)
  • Light and Air, Langen Foundation, Neuss (2014)
  • The Encyclopedic Palace, 55. Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2013)
  • ZERO | Paris-Düsseldorf, Passage de Retz, Paris (2013)
  • Otto Piene, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund (2008)
  • Otto Piene – Retrospektive 1952–1996, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf im Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf (1996)
  • German pavilion at the Biennial in Sao Paulo (1985)
  • documenta 6, Kassel (1977)
  • Sky Installation Pax for the Olympic Games in Munich (1972)
  • Deutscher Pavillon auf der Biennale, Venice (1971)
  • Deutscher Pavillon auf der Biennale, Venice (1967)
  • documenta 2, Kassel (1959)

 

Works in public collections (selection)

  • Museum Ludwig, Cologne
  • Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
  • Artothek, Kassel
  • Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach
  • Berardo Museum, Lisbon
  • National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden