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Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s List Visual Arts Center presents Otto Piene: Lichtballett

CAMBRIDGE, MA.- The MIT List Visual Arts Center announces an exhibition of the light based sculptural work of renowned media and environmental artist Otto Piene, (b. 1928, Bad Laasphe, Germany), highlighting the artist’s pioneering exploration of art and technology. Otto Piene: Lichtballett will bring together several of the artist’s light sculptures from the 1960s and 70s with two new works created especially for the exhibition. Known for kinetic light environments and multimedia “sky art,” Otto Piene was a founder, with Heinz Mack, of the influential Düsseldorf-based Group Zero in 1957. Pioneers of performance, kinetic, and environmental art, the group included artists such as Piero Manzoni, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, and Lucio Fontana. Piene was the first fellow of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in 1968, and succeeded founder György Kepes as its director in 1974 until retiring in 1994. Fi