Dieter Hacker (b. 1942)



Dieter Hacker (German, b. 1942), “Menschenberg”, 1989, painted clay sculpture of six stacked elements, 55.5″h x 31.5″l x 31.5″w

Provenance: Estate of Pentti Kouri, NYC; Marlborough Gallery, London

Price on request

Dieter Hacker studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in the class of Ernst Geitlinger , u. a. with Gerhard von Graevenitz and Klaus Staudt . His work can be divided into 3 phases:

  • In the 1960s he began with analytical and kinetic works that were marked by the artist movement’s new tendencies .
  • In the 1970s he increasingly produced political and sociocritical installations.
  • In the 1980s, Hacker became famous as a painter in the context of the Young Wild .

With his political work, and especially since 1971 with his concept of the artist-run producer gallery, Hacker has made a radical departure from the art market. His self-designed exhibitions, for example, addressed the social relevance of art, the role of photography in everyday life, the art market or the utopias of constructivism.

For more than four decades, Hacker has repeatedly dealt with the utopias, demands and successes of Constructivism in very different artistic expressions, but also with its limitations and the dangers inherent in the formalization of its design.

From 1990 until October 2007, Hacker was a professor of painting at the Berlin University of the Arts . [1]

Dieter Hacker was admitted to the Foundation for Concrete Art and Design Ingolstadt in 2008.

Solo Exhibitions (selected): 

  • 1965 German Institute for Film and Television, Munich (with EFFEKT)
  • 1965 Galerie pro, Bad Godesberg (with EFFECT)
  • 1967 Modern Art Agency, Lucio Amelio, Naples
  • 1967 Galerie Schütze, Bad Godesberg
  • 1968 Gallery Sagittarius, Bad Godesberg
  • 1969 Gallery van de Loo – Froum, Munich
  • 1970 Modern Art Agency, Lucio Amelio, Naples
  • 1970 La Bertesca Gallery, Genoa
  • 1977 Biennale de Paris, Museum of Modern Art (MAM), Paris
  • 1978 Gallery René Block, Berlin
  • 1978 Modern Art Agency, Lucio Amelio, Naples
  • 1980 Museum Bochum
  • 1980 eye shop Mannheim
  • 1980 Gallery Maier-Hahn, Dusseldorf
  • 1981 Internationaal Cultureel Center, Antwerp
  • 1981 Municipal Gallery in Lenbachhaus, Munich
  • 1981 DAAD Gallery, Berlin
  • 1982 Museum at Ostwall, Dortmund
  • 1982 Augenladen Mannheim
  • 1984 Marlborough Gallery, New York
  • 1984 Gallery Maier-Hahn, Dusseldorf
  • 1984 Zellermayer Gallery, Berlin
  • 1985 Kunstverein in Hamburg
  • 1985, Jane Turner Gallery, Los Angeles
  • 1985 Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London
  • 1986 Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., Tokyo
  • 1986 Zellermayer Gallery, Berlin
  • 1986 Gallery Maier-Hahn, Dusseldorf
  • 1986 Marlborough Gallery, New York
  • 1987 Gallery Thomas, Munich
  • 1988 Gallery Heinz Holtmann, Cologne
  • 1988 Marlborough Gallery, New York
  • 1988 Zellermayer Gallery, Berlin
  • 1989 Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London
  • 1989 Center Pompidou, Paris (in: L’invention d’un art)
  • 1990 Gallery Brusberg, Berlin
  • 1990 Gallery Paul Vallotton, Lausanne
  • 1990 Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico
  • 1992 Gallery Brusberg, Berlin
  • 1993 Museum Bochum
  • 1994 Marlborough Fine Art, Ltd., London
  • 1995 Kunstverein in Hamburg
  • 1995 Richard Haizmann Museum, Niebüll
  • 1997 Zellermayer Gallery, Berlin
  • 1998 Gallery Brusberg, Berlin
  • 1999 The Gallery, Frankfurt
  • 1999 Zellermayer Gallery, Berlin
  • 2002 Zellermayer Gallery, Berlin
  • 2003 Raab Gallery, Berlin (with Alke Brinkmann)
  • 2003 Gallery Maier-Hahn, Dusseldorf
  • 2003 The Gallery, Frankfurt
  • 2005 Gallery Tendances, Paris
  • 2007 Zellermayer Gallery, Berlin
  • 2007 Museum of Concrete Art, Ingolstadt
  • 2015 Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid (in: Not Yet. On the Reinvention of Documentary and the Critique of Modernism)
  • 2016 Gallery Alain Gutharc, Paris (in: After Photography-Part I, curator Pascale Krief)
  • 2016 Paris Photo, Grand Palais. Booth Alain Gutharc

Notes/Literature: Dr. Pentti Kouri (1949-2009) was a Finnish economist and venture capitalist with partner George Soros. He built his prestigious art collection with the goal of opening a private art foundation focused on his interests in Minimalism, Arte Povera, Conceptual and Text-based art. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of Dia Art Foundation, and on the boards of Tate, London and the Guggenheim Museum, New York. In addition, a portion of his collection forms the core of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland.