GERHARD VON GRAEVENITZ

b. 1934 Schilde, Germany - d. 1983 Hakpern, Switzerland

 

Von Graevenitz started studying economics at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt/Main in 1955-6, but moved to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, where he studied art until 1961. In the late fifties he became editor of the journal Nota and in 1962 he was one of the co-founders of Nouvelle Tendance. Graevenitz was interested in the study and visualisation of phenomena such as movement, light, space, time, structure, randomness and progression. 

 

He is considered to be a representative of the constructive - concrete art of the younger generation which had turned in particular to kinetics. Graevenitz, who had been living in Amsterdam since 1970, died in 1983 as a result of a plane crash in Switzerland.

 

From February - May 2018 the Musuem Haus Konstruktiv in Zürich is holding the first retrospective of the artist for more than 20 years.