Karl Otto Götz

Biography


1914
born on February 22nd in Aachen

1924 - 1932
attends Oberrealschule, following a visit of School of Arts and Crafts in Aachen

1933
early abstract works

1935
early splatter works, National Socialists prohibit Götz from further paiting and exhibiting, but secretly continues to work

1936-1938
military service at the German Air Force, starts experimenting with abstract films, photography and photogramms as well as abstract painting

1939 – 1945
soldier, training as an intelligence officer, is located to Norway until the end of war

1940
gets to know Otto Dix through his first art dealer, Heinrich Kühl

1941
Studies for one semester at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, where he becomes friends with Will Grohmann

1945
most of his early work is destroyed during the shellfire of Dresden
intensly working on "Fakturenfibel", which he has to leave in Norway and is lost for twenty years until Götz receives it by an anonymous sender
marries Anneliese Brauckmeyer

1946
First solo exhibition at Studio Rasch in Wuppertal

1949 – 1953
Publisher of the magazine "Meta"

1948
Götz receives the art award "Junger Westen"

1949
acquaintanceship with Carl Buchheister

1952
develops his informel art practice

1953
correspondence with Hans Arp, whose poetry he publishes

1958
participation in 29th Venice Biennale
begins to engage with information theory

1959
participation in Documenta II, Kassel

1959 – 1979
professorship at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, among his students are Gotthard Graubner, Kuno Gonschior, Sigmar Polke, Gerhard Richter, H.A. Schult
votes for the calling of Joseph Beuys

1968
participates at the 34th Venice Biennale

1975
sets up his studio in Niederbreitbach-Wolfenacker, Westerwald

1983
participates in the exhibitions "Westkunst - Zeitgeössische Kunst seit 1939" in Cologne

1989
receives the order of merit of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia

1994
retrospective in the Albertinum, Dresden

1997
honorary member of Kunstakademie Münster

2004
honorary member of Kunstakademie Düsseldorf

2007
Federal Cross of Merit

2010
receives honorary doctor of the university of Münster

2017
Karl Otto Götz dies on the 19th of August in Wolfenacker, Rhineland-Palatinate