On the occasion of Otto Piene’s upcoming 85th birthday\, the ZKM l Mus eum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition “Energy fields”\, which\, with a selection of ap proximately fifty works\, provides insight into his work. Born in 1928\, Ot to Piene is considered one of the most important pioneers of a kinetic\, technology-based\, multi-media art.


For Piene art is not so much a conceptual phenomenon\, than an energetic on e. Recourse to natural scientific knowledge\, as well as to the strong conn ection between art\, technology and nature constitute the bedrock of all hi s works. Piene\, furthermore\, is among the founders of Environmental Art. Starting out from his smoke and fire paintings dating from the 1960s\, the show at the ZKM exhibits “Inflatables” (inflatable sculptures)\, light inst allations\, gouaches\, hitherto not exhibited drawings\, new ceramics and r eliefs. Here\, the multiplicity of media\, with which the artist has worked throughout the course of his career comprises the focus of the exhibition. In addition to early paintings\, which he illuminates with a stroboscope\, the key work shown in the exhibition is the multi-piece air sculpture “Fle urs du Mal”.


Following his studies at the art academies of Munich a nd Düsseldorf\, as well as a course of studies in philosophy in Cologne\, t owards the end of the 1950s\, Otto Piene\, together with Heinz Mack and Gün ther Uecker\, was one of the founders of the ZERO movement in Düsseldorf. In 1974 he took over t he Center for Advanced Visua l Studies (CAVS)\, at the MIT in Boston\, from György Kepes and\, th rough to 1994\, converted it into one of the most important centers for art and technology. As member of the board of trustees\, in 1990 Piene contrib uted decisively to the foundation of the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Kar lsruhe. Today\, he lives and works in Boston\, Berlin and Düsseldorf.

LOCATION:ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art\,Lorenzstraße 19 \nKarlsruhe\, 76 135 Germany SUMMARY:Energy Fields: In Celebration of Otto Piene's 85th Birthday\, Otto Piene END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR