Otto Piene


Born in 1928 in Bad Laasphe (Germany), died in 2014


 La force pure III, 1959

The irregular, white, monochrome surface of Pure Energy III by Otto Piene – a co-founder of the ZERO group – appears to be designed not as a fleeting expression of subjectivity, but rather for the capture of a specific phenomenon. For the artist, images are “mirrors whose powers affect man.” The work is a meditation on light and its effects: the “pure energies” that “stream freely, pouring forth into space.” In keeping with other pieces by the ZERO group, the work traps and reveals an ensemble of vibrations, waves and rays.

Centre Pompidou, Paris – Musée national d’art moderne collection



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