Biography


For a selection of available works please contact the gallery.

Otto Piene’s work fundamentally questions the configuration of the world around him. In doing so, he offers a unique insight into the difficulties of describing definitions and explanations of the environment, or perhaps even meaning, to both the practice of art-making and to the art object itself.



Interviewing myself— Selbstbefragung
Otto Piene, Düsseldorf und Groton, MA, April 2007


CV

AWARDS AND EDUCATION

2013
Max Beckmann - Prize of the city of Frankfurt
 
German Light Art award, Robert Simon Art Foundation
2003
Leonardo da Vinci World Art Prize from Consejo Cultural Mundial of Mexico City 

 
UNESCO Joan Miro Medal, presented at the Bremen Kunsthalle, Germany
1996
Sculpture Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
1994
Honorary doctorate at Maryland University
1974 – 1994

Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies
1977
Participation at Documenta 6 in Kassel 
 

1976

Prize, International Graphics Biennale, Frederikstad, Norway
1972

Prize of the National Museum of Modern art, The Eighth International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Japan
1970
Prize, Ile Exposition International de Dessins Originaux, Rijeka, Yugoslavia 

 
Professorship at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge
1969
Prize, International Exhibitions of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
1968

Konrad von Soest Prize, Munster, Germany 
 

 

Center for Advanced Visual Studies
1964 – 1968
Teaching activity at the University of Pennsylvania 


1967

Prize, International Exhibitions of Graphic Art, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia
1964

Participation at Documenta 3 in Kassel 

1963

Grand Prize for Group ZERO, IV Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, San Marino, Italy
1960
Participation at Documenta 2 in Kassel 


1959

Prize, Deutsche Kunst, Baden-Baden, Germany
1957

Foundation of the artist group ZERO together with Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker 
 

1953 – 1957
Studied philosophy at the University of Cologne 
 

1948 – 1953
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf 

 
Kunstakademie Munich 

 
Studies at the Blocherer Schule

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018
Zero Group Show, Plutschow Gallery, Pontresina
2017
Inaugural Group Show, Plutschow Gallery, Pontresina
 
Zero is good for you. Mack, Piene, Uecker in Bonn 1966/2016, LandesMuseum Bonn, Germany
2016
Rainbow and Light, Plutschow Gallery, Zurich
2015

Solo Show, Museum of Modern Art, Tehran

 
Zero: Countdown to tomorrow, 1950s-60s, retrospective exhibition on the Zero movement, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin
 

"ZERO", retrospective exhibition on the Zero movement, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam


2014
More Sky, retrospective exhibition in collaboration with the Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Germany
 (Otto Piene died on July 17, 2014 while in a taxi on his way to continue preparations for a "Sky Art Event" at Neue Nationalgalerie)

 
Zero: Countdown to tomorrow, 1950s-60s, retrospective exhibition on the ZERO movement, Guggenheim Museum, New York City
 

Zero has never stopped, Plutschow Gallery, Zurich


2013
The Encyclopedic Palace, 55. Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy 

 
ZERO | Paris-Düsseldorf, Passage de Retz, Paris, France 
 

2010

Otto Piene – Le Rouge et le Noir / Keramiken, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren, Germany 

2009 – 2010

Es werde Licht, Kunstverein Langenfeld, Germany 
 

2009
Galerie Bode, Nuremberg, Germany 
 

2008 – 2009

Verwandlung, Kunstmuseum Celle mit Sammlung Robert Simon K., Germany 

2008
Otto Piene, Museum am Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany 
 

2001

Lichtjahre 1957–2001, Kunstmuseum Celle mit Sammlung Robert Simon, Celle, Germany 
 

1996

Otto Piene – Retrospektive 1952–1996, Kunstmuseum Düsseldorf im Ehrenhof, Düsseldorf, Germany 
 

1985

German pavilion at the Biennial in Sao Paulo, Brasil 
 

1977

documenta 6, Kassel, Germany 
 

1972

Sky Installation Pax for the Olympic Summer Games in Munich, Germany 
 

1971

German pavilion at the Biennial in Venice, Italy 
 

1967

German pavilion at the Biennial in Venice, Italy 

1959

documenta 2, Kassel, Germany

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