Otto Piene  (German, 1928) 

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Otto Piene Biography
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
  Lives and works in Düsseldorf, Germany and Cambridge, Massachusetts
Selected 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