ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Otto Herbert Hajek

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1927born in Kaltenbach (CSR)
1947-54studies at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart
from 1948first group exhibitions
1950sfirst solo exhibitions of his works took place in the 1950s
1960smainly geometric abstractions
1964solo exhibition at the Folkwang Museum in Essen
1965-67construction of the refectory of the University of Sarbrücken according to his plans
 1967/68 exhibition in the "Goethe-House", New York, and in the "Weden Gallery", Boston
1969His "Platzmal" on the Kleiner Schlossplatz in Stuttgart becomes famous; international activity: so-called "Stadtraumfarbwege" and "Stadtraumikonographien".
1955/59/64Participation in documenta I, II and III
1972-79Chairman of the German Artists' Association
1980-92Professor at the Academy of Arts in Karlsruhe
1982Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany
1988Honorary senator of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen, honorary member of the German-Czechoslovak Society
1992-93Central square design in Ankara
1994Medal of Merit of the State of Baden-Württemberg
1995Full member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts in Salzburg
1998Citizen's Medal of the State Capital Stuttgart, Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany
2005died in Stuttgart
The "Raumknoten" and "Raumschichtungen", filigree and multilayered sculptures that have been created since the mid-1950s and define space, form the first autonomous focus in the work of Otto Herbert Hajek. Here, sculpture is connected to space as a core volume; subsequently, the sculptures develop into rhythmic accents in space. The sculpture, preformed in wax, forces in its free, lively, multifaceted growth in bronze casting to the unique.
Since the 1960s, Hajek's structured surface of bronze is replaced by the use of other materials, such as wood or steel, and by more rigorous and smooth forms. In the "color paths" of the 1960s, the coloristic design principle increasingly prevails in the integration of the sculpture into its surrounding space. The eye is guided by color accents, especially in the form of color paths. Initially, the surface still remains structured by the material used; later, color and smooth forms apply more and more signal-like effect through geometric elements. 
Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
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