Stephan von Huene | Biography
The complete work of Stephan von Huene: kinetic and sound sculptures, sculptures, assemblages, drawings
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born on September 15 in Los Angeles as a son of German immigrants

1952 – 53

studies fine arts at the University of California, Los Angeles

1955 – 59

studies painting, drawing, and design at the Chouinard Art Institute (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

1963 – 65

studies art and art history at the University of California, Los Angeles (Master of Arts)

1963 – 66

sculptures made of wood, leather, and other materials; teaches drawing at the Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena

1964 – 70

first sound sculptures, experiments with the acoustic qualities of musical instruments, mechanical pianos and organs; teaches at Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles

1966 – 67

teaches at California State University, Los Angeles


begins working with organ-pipes and optoelectronic programs


teaches at California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles

1972 – 74

Vice-dean of California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles

Stephan von Huene ca. 1973
Stephan von Huene ca. 1973

photo: Hans Haacke


guest lecturer at the Nova Scotia School of Contemporary Arts, Nova Scotia; National Endowment Grant for the development and work on sound sculptures


works on Drum I, together with James Tenney, a work commissioned by Frank Oppenheimer at the Exploratorium, Museum of Science and Art, San Francisco

1975 – 76

Acting Dean at the California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles; thereafter head of the sculpture department for five years

1976 – 77

DAAD artist in residence, Berlin

1976 – 80

experiments with the specific qualities of the sound of an object in relation to size and pitch; further development of electronic programming; study of systems theory and communication theory


Guest Professor at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin; marriage with Petra Kipphoff


moves studio to Hamburg; Guest Professor at the Fachhochschule für Kunst and Design, Hannover

Stephan von Huene 1982
Stephan von Huene 1982

photo: Klaus Kallabis

1983 – 85

Professor at the International Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, Salzburg


Rohrspiel (Hörspiel), Production Studio for Acoustic Art WDR, Redaktion Klaus Schöning


guest lecturer at Kunsthistorisches Institut, Universität Hamburg


Extended Schwitters (radio play), Production Studio for Acoustic Art WDR, editor Klaus Schöning


Professor at the Internationale Sommerakademie für Bildende Kunst, Salzburg


Extended Schwitters – a Transplantation (radio play), Production Studio for Acoustic Art WDR, editor Klaus Schöning

Petra and Stephan von Huene 1983
Petra and Stephan von Huene 1983

photo: Erika Schmied


Scholar at the Getty Center of the Arts and the Humanities, Santa Monica


Media Art Prize of the ZKM, Karlsruhe and Siemens Cultural Program, Munich

1992 – 97

Professor at the Hochschule für Gestaltung, Karlsruhe


Guest of Villa Aurora, Pacific Palisades


Guest lecturer at Historisches Institut of the Universität Basel


dies on September 5 in Hamburg

Stephan von Huene 1995
Stephan von Huene 1995

unknown photographer