Biography

1928

Born April 18, 1928 as Otto Ludwig Wilhelm Hermann Leonhard Piene in Laasphe

1949-1950

Studies in painting and art education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich

1950-1953

Studies in painting and art education at the Art Academy in Dusseldorf

1951-1964

Lecturer at the fashion school in Dusseldorf

1953-1957

Studies in philosophy at the University of Cologne, graduation with state examination

April 11th, 1957

Foundation of the Dusseldorf-based artist group ZERO, which later became internationally influential, in conjunction with Heinz Mack

1964

Guest professorship at the University of Pennsylvania

1968-1971

Fellow of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) which was founded by Gyorgy Kepes in 1967

1972

Professor of Visual Design for Environmental Art at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

1974

Principal of the CAVS over which he had presided until 1994

2008

Foundation of the ZERO Foundation in conjunction with Heinz Mack, Günther Uecker and the “Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast”

2014

Otto Piene died July 17, 2014 in Berlin