Hans Haacke

Born 1936-08-12 in Cologne, Germany.

“Hans Haacke has been based in New York since 1965. His strong political, cultural and social concerns are reflected in his installations, texts and sculptures, which often borrow from non-art sources such as corporate advertising, questionnaires or scientific experimentation in order to convey their message. He has been included in four Documenta exhibitions and represented Germany, winning a Golden Lion award at the 1993 Venice Biennale. Retrospectives include the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (1987), and at dual german venues: Deichtorhallen, Hamburg and Akademie der Kunst, Berlin (2006-7).”



1956-60 Graduates the Staatsexamen (equivalent of M.F.A.) at the Staatliche Werkakademie (State Art Academy) in Kassel

1960-61 Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17, Paris

1961 Scholarship student at the Tyler School of Fine Arts at the Temple University in Philadelphia

1962 Moved to New York

1963-65 Returns to Cologne. Teaches at Pädagogische Hochschule in Kettwig and other institutions

1966-67 Teaches at University of Washington in Seattle, at the Douglas College, at the Rutgers University in New Jersey and at the Philadelphia College of Art

1967 – 2002 Teaches at Cooper Union in New York (Professor of Art Emeritus)

1973 Guest Professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg

1979 Guest Professorship at Gesamthochschule in Essen

1994 Guest Professorship at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg

1997 Regents Lecturer at the University of California in Berkeley Lives in New York (since 1965)


1960 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)

1961 Fulbright Fellowship

1973 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship

1978 National Endowment for the Arts

1991 College Art Association Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement
Deutscher Kritikerpreis for 1990
Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts, Oberlin College

1993 Golden Lion (shared with Nam June Paik), Venice Biennale

1997 Kurt-Eisner-Foundation, Munich
Honorary Doctorate Bauhaus-Universität Weimar

2001 Prize of Helmut-Kraft-Stiftung, Stuttgart

2002 College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award

2004 Peter-Weiss-Preis, Bochum

2008 Honorary Doctorate, San Francisco Art Institute

2009 Roland Preis für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Freie Hansestadt Bremen



Condensation Cube 1963