Otto Piene, born 1928 in Bad Laasphe, died 2014, Berlin
After World War II, Piene studied art and philosophy in Munich, Duesseldorf, and Cologne. In 1957 he founded the international ZERO group with artist Heinz Mack. Together with Mack he organised the first evening exhibition in his studio in Gladbacher Straße in Düsseldorf and up until 1961 they edited ZERO magazine, issues 1 to 3.
Piene moved to the USA in 1964 and continued to experiment with multimedia performances on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as with light, smoke, fire and air as well as helium sculptures.
Piene died in Berlin aged 86 just one day after the opening of “Otto Piene. More Sky.”