Light, air, fire – these are the elements of Otto Piene’s art. Piene is considered to be one of the great avant-garde figures of the 1960s. He was co-founder of the artist’s group ZERO and expanded art to encompass space, the outside world, and even, with his spectacular “skyevents,” the heavens above. Later, in major projects at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies in Boston, his experimental couplings of art and science were path-breaking. Piene, however, had already laid the groundwork for all his artistic developments in his complex early work: the serial screened images, magical fire drawings, and elaborate light studies. With a selection of the artist’s works, the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle will trace this exciting early path from the ZERO era in Düsseldorf to the large site-specific works of the late ’60s, partly from the Deutsche Bank Collection. The show concludes with a large light space designed for the exhibition.
An exhibition co-operation of the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle and the Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. On July 19, 2014 Otto Piene will realize a spectacular Sky Art-Event outside the Neue Nationalgalerie.