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Otto Herbert Hajek

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Otto Herbert Hajek
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
1958participation in the 29th Venice Biennale
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
 Solo exhibitions
1960Municipal art gallery, Mannheim
1965Museum Folkwang, Essen
1975Gallery Hobarth, Sydney
1976Museum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg
1977The Gallery Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
1979State Gallery, Stuttgart
1981Museo Nationale de Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome
1987Forte di Belvedere, Florence; Germanisches Nationalmuseum | Nuremberg
1988National Gallery, Prague
1989Central Art Gallery, Moscow
1991Museum Haus Ludwig, Saarlouis
1999Sparda Bank, Stuttgart
2000Retrospective, Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany, Bonn
2001Prachatitz/Czech Republic, opening of the cultural center O.H.Hajek
2004National Gallery, Prague
2007Municipal Gallery Karlsruhe / Municipal Art Museum Singen / Georg-Kolbe-Museum Berlin / Art Museum Mülheim an der Ruhr
2023/24Art Museum Stuttgart
 Works in public space
 Numerous steel sculptures in Stuttgart
1962-64Frankfurter Frühling | Walk-in sculpture with color paths, six modeling concrete sculptures and reliefed floor commissioned by the city of Frankfurt/Main for the Heinrich Kleyer School | presented at documenta III in Kassel
1962Large room relief Waldfriedhof Stuttgart
 Stations of the Cross at the church Maria Regina Martyrum | Berlin-Charlottenburg
 Mineral bath Leuze | Stuttgart
 Hajek Fountain at the Synagogue Square | Mülheim an der Ruhr
1973-77Most extensive overall urban planning concept in Adelaide, Australia | Redesign of a two-hectare site
1977-78New university sign of the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg
1987Space sign | ZDF broadcasting center Mainz
 1960-63 Stations of the Cross at the Plötzensee Memorial in Berlin-Charlottenburg
Otto Herbert Hajek is one of the most important artistic personalities of the 20th century in Germany. 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. Art and public space are closely linked in Hajek's work. His large sculptures in outdoor spaces also leave their mark on Stuttgart's cityscape. 
Schloss Dätzingen / D-71120 Grafenau
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