Gerhard von Graevenitz
1934 Schilde, Germany – 1983 Habkern, Switzerland
Von Graevenitz studied economics at the University of Frankfurt/Main in 1955/56 but changed course shortly thereafter by moving to the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) in Munich where he studied art until 1961. In the late fifties he became editor of the journal ‘nota’ and at the beginning of the sixties he was one of the co-founders of ‘Nouvelle Tendance’. Graevenitz was interested in the study and visualisation of phenomena like movement, light, space, time, structure, randomness or progression. He is considered a representative of the constructive– concrete art of the younger generation which had turned in particular to kinetics. Graevenitz, who had been living in Amsterdam since 1970, died in 1983 as a result of a plane crash in Switzerland.