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Lived/Active: Germany/Spain      Known for: painting and sculpture

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Heinz Mack (b.1931)

His central artistic theme is light.  His sculptures and paintings are a medium for transporting light.

Sculptures are made from various materials, also monumental ones for outdoors, light pillars, light rotors, light reliefs and light cubes; paintings such as the Dynamischen Strukturen from the ZERO times from 1957-1966 and the increasingly large format and strongly colored paintings as of 1991, the so-called Chromatischen Konstellationen.

He creates drawings, ink drawings, pastels, prints, and literary works, abstract photography with black and white hand prints and color photography produced in the Slide-Sec process.  Mack designs public squares and rooms, also church interiors, stage settings and mosaics.

He was born in 1931 in Lollar, Hesse, attended the National Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf 1950-1953 (state examination) and in 1956 completed his studies in philosophy with the state examination at the University of Cologne.

Together with Otto Piene he founded the Gruppe ZERO in Düsseldorf in 1957.

One year later Mack participated in the Documenta II in Kassel and received the Art Award of the city of Krefeld.  Mack received the Premio Marzotto. 1964 - 1966 Mack had an atelier in New York and took part in the Documenta III.

In 1965 the artist was honored with the 1st Prix arts plastiques of the 4th Biennale de Paris.

In 1970 he was appointed Professor and invited to lecture in Osaka (Japan) and became a member of the Academy of Arts in Berlin, which he remained until 1992.

At the XXXV Biennale in Venice in the same year, he represented Western Germany together with Uecker, Pfahler and Lenk.

1962-1968 and 1976 he took large working expeditions into the Algerian desert and to the Arctic.

He received the first prize in the international competition Licht 79 in the Netherlands in 1979.

1992 brought the Great Culture Award from the Rheinischen Sparkassen-Verband.

In 2004 the artist was awarded the Große Bundesverdienstkreuz der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in recognition of his works and his commitment as a cultural representative.

In 2007 the Museum of Islamic Art in Pergamon Museum in Berlin honored him with a large exhibition which was visited by around 120,000 people.

His works have been shown in c.300 solo exhibitions.  Numerous books and catalogues as well as two films document his creativity.

Heinz Mack lives and works in Mönchengladbach and on Ibiza.


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