Otto Piene: Paths to Paradise
Otto Piene (1928−2014) aimed high with his art—he wanted to shape a more harmonious, peaceful, and sustainable world. His expansive view explored new media and projected aesthetic forms and experiences into new spatial realms. Structured thematically, the monographic exhibition “Otto Piene: Paths to Paradise” traces his utopian vision as expressed in works from his most significant series and projects in conversation with his lifelong practice of sketching. Together these works reveal Piene’s use of sketching and drawing in both narrow and broad, literal and figurative senses, and provide an expanded definition in connection to a visionary practice that embraced the application of new technology.
Through a transmedial perspective that bridges periods of his practice often viewed as distinct, this presentation offers a complex reading of Piene’s work that includes several immersive installations and rarely seen works. The exhibition invites audiences to rediscover Otto Piene’s oeuvre, beyond a critique of technological naivety or romantic idealism, and thus provides the viewer transformative and imaginatively expansive tools in an increasingly uncertain world.
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