Project DescriptionDescription: Fire gouache on card, 64.5 x 92 cm. Signed and dated on lower right with the artist's monogram 'Opiene 67'
Catalogue note: Otto Piene was a German kinetic artist and co-founder of the ZERO avant-garde group. A pioneer of media art, he worked with light and motion to produce mesmerising displays, as seen in his Light Ballet (1961). Piene studied at the Academy of Art in Munich and at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf where he formed Group Zero with Heinz Mack. Piene went on to become the first fellow of the MIT Centre for Advanced Visual Studies in 1968, and in 1972 his work Olympic Rainbow accompanied the closing ceremony of the Munich Olympics. The artist died in 2014. Today, his works can be found in numerous museum collections around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Walker Art Centre in Minneapolis, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 14879, Lot 143, Invoice no. DB17000839. Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner. | Thence by descent to the present owner
Catalogue no.: 2017P0021-OP