Otto Piene
The Proliferation of the Sun
Sprüth Magers | Los Angeles
May 24 – August 10, 2024
Reception: Thursday, May 23rd, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Otto Piene (1928-2014), cofounder of the ZERO group and longtime director of MIT’s influential Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS), the predecessor of ACT, combined art and technology in works that comprised light rooms, inflatable sculptures, ceramics, drawings, paintings, and performances.

Colorful and dynamic, they consistently engage the viewer’s perception and participation. Monika Sprüth and Philomene Magers are pleased to present Piene’s monumental, immersive installation, The Proliferation of the Sun (1967/2014), at the Los Angeles gallery, marking the artist’s first solo presentation on the West Coast.

Featuring seven digital projects of hand-painted slides and a soundtrack of the artist’s voice directing them, the work envelops visitors and the gallery in the shifting prismatic tones that generate, in Piene’s words, a “poetic journey through space.”