DIET SAYLER

Diet Sayler

Gioco, 2005, acrylic on canvas and wood, 99x136x5,5 cm

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Diet Sayler (born in Timisoara, December 1939).
Diet Sayler is at the height of his expressive maturity, having behind him a solid training Whose roots, in critical terms, are in abstraction geometric, Russian Suprematism and Concrete Art. Yet his is a highly personal journey, albeit intertwined with the complexity of the History of Art and of History in general of a social, political and personal nature. He should today be considered one of Europe’s leading exponents of Abstract Art, and a leading figure in art theory, a field in which he has brought about an innovative change of direction.

We need merely think of how far ahead of the times he had conceived and translated into action, i.e. in his works (theoretical writings, collages, paintings, sculptures in steel and perspex, artist books, drawings, objects, site-specific works and installations), the theoretical hypothesis offered, only last year in the 52nd Venice Biennial, by Robert Storr, and expressed in the title “Think with the senses. Feel with the mind”.

Apart from the visual results that the Venetian show offered, through this play on words, which may not convince everyone, and in fact did not, the combination of the terms were a healthy encouragement to stop conceiving and looking at “Present Art” as if we were half-blind, using one eye only, either that of pure rationality (the mind) or of instinctive perception (the senses).

Lucio Barbera

EXHIBITIONS

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2017

Die Kunst Mit Dem Zeichen – Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt

Die Kunst des Zufalls – Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Stuttgart

2016

KunstKontor Nürnberg, Nuremberg

2015

Parlando
Muzeum Ziemi Chelmskiej Chelm, Poland

Roman Cotosman – Diet Sayler, An artist friendship
418 Gallery, Bucharest

Diet Sayler
UniCredit Tiriac Bank, Bucharest

2014

Art International Istanbul – 26-28 September 2014
with 418 Gallery

Structure & Energy II – The Power of Abstraction
Vincentiu Grigorescu, Romul Nutiu, Diet Sayler Curators: Marzia Ratti and Joana Grevers
418 Gallery, Bucharest 08.05.2014 – 12.09.2014

Fugen solo-show – 15th of May – 29th of June 2014
Galerie der Kunst Karlovy Vary, Goethova stezka

2013

Structure & Energy. The Need for Abstraction.
Vincentiu Grigorescu, Romul Nutiu and Diet Sayler
Curators: Liviana Dan and Joana Grevers
13.06 -31.10.2013

(En)counterpoint, The Art of Living
Pop-up Art Gallery, Bucharest

Mehdi Moutashar and Diet Sayler
Galerie Linde Hollinger, Ladenburg
Curators: Linde Hollinger and Dirk Martin
21.09 – 26.10.2013

gleich ungleich gleich.
Multiple Art, Zurich
Alan Ebnother, Stefan Kaufungen and Diet Sayler”
Curators: Muller Emil and Nando Palla
29.08 – 14.10.2013

Photo-Collections. Real-illusory, Gestures, Image
Labirynt, Lublin
Curators: Anna Szary-Cioczek,
Paulina Zarebska-Denysiuk
23.08 -26.09.2013

Ornamentale Strukturen
Flottmann Hallen, Herne
Curator: Lida von Mengden
9.11.2013 – 19.01.2014

1999-2000

Retrospectivs in Bucharest, Cambridge,
Ludwigshafen und Prague

1998

Monochromatic Bodies. Basics of
Wood and Acrylic

1997

“Norigramme”. Basics in the City of Nuremberg
Basic Installation in London.

1995

Visiting-Professor at the Statens
Kunstakademi Oslo, Norway.

1994

Ionel Jianou Prize, Davis, California, USA.

1992

Professor of Painting: Nuremberg Academy of Fine Arts.
“Ligurigramme”, Basics in the City of Porto Maurizio, Italy.

1983 – 1996

Periodic stays in Italy.
Studio in Varcavello.

1989

Symposium de Arte Sistematico y Constructivo, Madrid.
Basic Statement.

1988

Camille Graeser Prize, Zurich.
Development of the Basic-Principle.
Curator of the French-German exhibition
“Construction and Conception – Berlin 1988”
Schoneberg Station, Berlin.

1986

Installations with wall collages in Munich and Paris.

1982

Symposium Rohm, Darmstadt;
steel and perspex sculptures.

1980 – 1990

Curator of “konkret”, an international series of exhibitions
in Nuremberg.

1979

“Changes”, artists’ book double with texts by Anca Arghir
and Eugen Gomringer.

1977

Symposium on Concrete Art in Varese, Italy.
“five lines, five word”, portfolio with Eugen Gomringer.

1976

“Winkelkonstellationen”, artists’ book with Max Bense.

1975

Hanging sculptures.
Taught in Nuremberg.

1974

Aleatory pictures.
Participated in the Salon “Grands et jeunes d’aujourd’hui”, Paris.

1973

Emigrated to Germany.
Studio in Nuremberg.

1971

Two enterable kinetic spaces in Pitesti,
with music by John Cage and J. S. Bach.

1968

Studio in Bucharest.

1963

Abstract geometric pictures.

1956 – 1961
Studied civil engineering at Timisoara Polytechnic.
Studied painting in Podlipny’s class.

1939
Born and grew up in Timisoara, Romania.

Diet Sayler lives in Nuremberg.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2008

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Ursula Huber
Basel, CH

“Diet Sayler. Sich ein Bild machen”. Retrospektive.
Stadtische Galerie Erlangen
Erlangen, D

Diet Sayler
Galerie der Moderne. Stefan Vogdt
Munchen, D

2006

Diet Sayler
Galerie Klaus Braun
Stuttgart, D

2006

“Diet Sayler”
University Gallery Pilsen,
Pilsen, CZ

“Diet Sayler”
XIII. Internationale Sommerakademie
Galerie im Weisbachschen Haus
Plauen, D

“Diet Sayler”
BWA Museum Lublin
Lublin, PL

“Meister – Schuler:
Diet Sayler – Tatsushi Kawanabe”
Kunst Galerie Furth
Furth, D

2005

Diet Sayler
Akademie der Bildenden Kunste Nurnberg
Nurnberg, D

Diet Sayler
Galerie Uwe Sacksofsky
Heidelberg, D

2003

Diet Sayler
Marz Galerien
Ladenburg, D

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Kunst im Gang
Bamberg, D

Diet Sayler
Galerie Goller
Selb, D

2002

“Diet Sayler”
1851 Gallery
The Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham, GB

2001

“Diet Sayler. Geometria e tempo”
Palazzo Ducale Genova
Genua, I

2000

“Diet Sayler. Retrospektive”
Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge
Cambridge, GB

“Diet Sayler. Installation”
The Lady Chapel. Ely Cathedral
Ely, GB

“Diet Sayler. Installation”
East West Gallery, New York City
N.Y. USA

1999

“Diet Sayler. Retrospektive”
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen
Ludwigshafen, D

“Diet Sayler”
Marz Galerien
Mannheim, D

“Diet Sayler”
ACP Galerie
Zurich, D

“Diet Sayler. Retrospektive ”
Muzeul National de Arta al Romaniei
Bukarest, RO

“Diet Sayler”
Galeria Edurne
Madrid, E

“Diet Sayler. Retrospektive ”
The Czech Museum of Fine Arts Prague
Prag, CZ

1998

Diet Sayler
Emilia Suciu Galerie
Ettlingen, D

Diet Sayler – mit Michele Festa
Gesellschaft fur Kunst und Gestaltung
Bonn, D

1997

“Diet Sayler”
Gallery A, Bishop’s Wharf
London, GB

1995

“Diet Sayler”
Lorenzelli Arte
Milano, I

“Diet Sayler”
Haus fur konstruktive und konkrete Kunst
Zurich, CH

“Diet Sayler”
VKB Galerie
Gmunden, A

1994

“Diet Sayler”
Institut fur moderne Kunst Nurnberg
Nurnberg, D

“Diet Sayler”
Kunsthaus Nurnberg
Nurnberg, D

“Diet Sayler”
Vasarely Muzeum Budapest
Budapest, HU

“Diet Sayler”
Museum Dum umeni mesta Brna
Brno, CZ

1993

“Diet Sayler”
Museum fur Konkrete Kunst Ingolstadt
Ingolstadt, D

“Diet Sayler”
Muzeul de Arta Timisoara
Timisoara, RO

“Diet Sayler”
B.W.A. Museum Lublin
Lublin, PO

1992

Diet Sayler – mit Vera Rohm
Hannah Feldman Galerie,
Bern, CH

Diet Sayler – mit Piergiulio Bonifacio
Galleria Artecentro,
Milano, I

“Diet Sayler”
Galleria Sesto San Giovanni,
Milano, I

1991

“Diet Sayler”
Galleria Il Gabbiano,
La Spezia, I

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Hermanns,
Munchen, D

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie de Nesle,
Paris, F

Diet Sayler – mit Vera Rohm
Stadtische Galerie Ludenscheid
Ludenscheid, D

1990

Diet Sayler – mit Vera Rohm
Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Berlin, D

Diet Sayler – mit Vera Rohm
Gesellschaft fur Kunst und Gestaltung
Bonn, D

Diet Sayler – mit Vera Rohm
Wilhelm-Hack-Museum
Ludwigshafen, D

“Diet Sayler”
Carre Estampes
Luxemburg, L

1989

“Diet Sayler”
Studio B2
Genua, I

Diet Sayler – mit Jiro Sugawara
Galleria La Diade
Bergamo, I
“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Adlung und Kaiser
Berlin, D

Diet Sayler – mit Vera Rohm
Galerie im Trudelhaus
Baden, CH

1988

Diet Sayler – mit Imre Kocsis
Galerie Buytaert
Antwerpen, B

“Diet Sayler”
Istituto Alvar Aalto,
Museo dell’ Architettura
Turin, I

1987

Diet Sayler – mit Christian Meger
Museum fur Moderne Kunst
Otterndorf, D

1986

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Grare
Paris, F

Diet Sayler – mit Karl Prantl
Galleria UXA
Novara, I

1985

Diet Sayler- mit Karl Prantl
Galleria Koh-I-Noor
Milano, I

Diet Sayler – mit Klaus Staudt
Galerie Schoeller
Dusseldorf, D

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Circulus
Bonn, D

1984

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Hilger
Aachen, D

1983

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Hermanns
Munchen, D

1982

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Loehr
Frankfurt am Main, D

1980

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Buytaert
Antwerpen, B

1979

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Dr. Luise Krohn
Badenweiler, D

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Hermanns
Munchen, D

1978

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Studium Generale
Universitat Stuttgart
Stuttgart, D

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Hermanns
Munchen, D

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie PA Szepan
Gelsenkirchen, D

1976

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Hermanns
Furstenfeldbruck, D

1975

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Jesse
Bielefeld, D

1972

“Diet Sayler”
Casa Tineretului
Pitesti, RO

1971

“Diet Sayler”
Gallery 58,
Aarhus, DK

1970

“Diet Sayler”
Galeria Amfora,
Bucharest, RO

“Diet Sayler”
Galerie Alleshave,
Asperup, DK

1966

“Diet Sayler”
Galeria UAP,
Timisoara, RO