Light, Reflections and Shadows of Otto Piene’s Work at the 55th Venice Biennale

The 55th International Art Exhibition, The Encyclopedic Palace
Jun 5, 2013 11:21PM

A founder of the 1960s Dusseldorf-based Group Zero, Otto Piene is best known for his paintings made with smoke and fire. Called Rauchbilder (smoke pictures), Piene applied solvent to pigmented paper and lit it on fire, developing images in the residual soot. Piene also created outdoor “figures” made from smoke that floated overhead—what he coined as “Sky Art”—including Olympic Rainbow, a project created for the ill-fated 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich. Read more.

Hangende Lichtkugel (Sfera luminosa appesa), 1972

Photos by Francesco Galli, courtesy of la Biennale di Venezia

The 55th International Art Exhibition, The Encyclopedic Palace