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Günther Uecker

Günther Uecker is a well-known German artist. At the end of the 1950s he created his first nail paintings. 1961 he joins the group ZERO, which was founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene. With Mack and Piene, Uecker set up a “Salon de lumière” in 1962 at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Paris, followed by other salons in other cities. The light works are characterized by the exploration of optical phenomena, rows of structures and oscillation areas. The viewer is actively involved and can influence the visual process himself through motor or manual interventions. After the dissolution of the ZERO group in 1966, Ücker increasingly devoted himself to his nail pictures… He went so far as to nail furniture, musical instruments and household appliances. In addition, he combined nails with the light theme and thus developed series of light nails and kinetic nails. Ücker travels a lot and finds his inspiration mainly in Asian culture. Ultimately, his works are always political, too, so the series “Ashpictures” is created after the Chernobyl catastrophe.

born1930 in Wendorf, Mecklenburg
1949 Study of painting, Wismar
Art school in Berlin-Weißensee
1955 Studies at the academy of arts
1975-1995Lecturer at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1957 Master student with Ernst Schumacher
1957 First exhibition as guest of the Berlin New Group.
1979 Participation in the Venice Biennale
1984-1985 Stays in Japan, Siberia, China, Iceland and Mongolia
1961 Joining the artist group ZERO
1970 Together with Thomas Lenk, Heinz Mack and Georg Karl Pfahler one of the German representatives at the Venice Biennale
1971-1974 Work stays in South America, Africa and Asia
1984-1985 tays in Japan, Siberia, China, Iceland and Mongolia
Since the 1980ern works with political questions
1974-1995 Professor at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf
1999 Design of the devotion room in the new Reichstag building in Berlin
2008 Co-founder of the Zero Foundation
Lives and works in Düsseldorf and St. Gallen

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