Timeline

1928
Born in Laasphe, Westfalen, Germany
1948–1953
Studies at the Blocherer Schule
1948–1953
Kunstakademie Munich
1948–1953
Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1953–1957
Studied philosophy at the University of Cologne
1957
Foundation of the artist group ZERO together with Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker
1959
Prize, Deutsche Kunst, Baden-Baden, Germany
1960
Participation at Documenta 2 in Kassel
1963
Grand Prize for Group ZERO, IV Biennale Internazionale d'Arte, San Marino, Italy
1964
Participation at Documenta 3 in Kassel
1967
Prize, International Exhibitions of Graphic Art, Ljublijana, Yugoslavia
1964–1968
teaching activity at the University of Pennsylvania
1968
Center for Advanced Visual Studies
1968
Konrad von Soest Prize, Munster, Germany
1969
Prize, International Exhibitions of Graphic Art, Ljublijana, Yugoslavia
1970
Prize, Ile Exposition International de Dessins Originaux, Rijeka, Yugoslavia
1972
Professorship at the Massachussetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge
1972
Prize of the National Museum of Modern art, The Eighth International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, Japan
1976
Prize, International Graphics Biennale, Frederikstad, Norway
1977
Participation at Documenta 6 in Kassel
1974–1994
Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies
1994
Honorary doctorate at Maryland University
1996
Sculpture Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York
2003
UNESCO Joan Miro Medal, presented at the Bremen Kunsthalle, Germany
2003
Leonardo da Vinci World Art Prize from Consejo Cultural Mundial of Mexico City
2014
Died in Berlin, Germany

Exhibitions

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

Literature

1999
Susanne Rennert, Stephan von Wiese (Hrsg.): Otto Piene – Sky Art 1968–1996, Wienand, Köln 1999
1989
Karl Ruhrberg (Hrsg.): Zeitzeichen. Stationen Bildender Kunst in Nordrhein-Westfalen. DuMont, Köln 1989