Hanno Otten was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1954. He currently lives in Cologne, with his wife, historian Christiana Schneider. His work has been exhibited in the Projektraum in the Museum Ludwig, Koln; Leipzig; Galerie Tanya Grunert; 1unchen 1994; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Forderkreis der Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig. Among the American museums collecting his work are Houston Museum of Fine Art; Busch Reisinger Museum; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Otten’s work probes the nature of color through extraordinary photograms made only with light from a color enlarger onto photographic paper. He manipulates color and light to create a modern palette of vivid hues.  Geometric patterns and shapes evoke a 1960s graphic sensibility. As in his earlier work, Otten insists on the primacy of color, forgoing any literal and narrative imagery. His subject matter is light itself.




BORN: 1954, Cologne, Germany

RESIDES: Berlin, Germany


2010 Janet Borden, Inc., New York

2007 Janet Borden, Inc., New York

2004 Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia

Janet Borden, Inc. New York

2002 Janet Borden, Inc. New York

2000 Gallery Klemens Gasser & Grunert, Inc., New York

1998 Projektraum im Museum Ludwig, Cologne

1996 Galerie Tanya Grunert, Kologne

Forderkreis der Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig

1995 Janet Borden, Inc. New York

1993 St. Petri, Lubeck

1990 “Die Vorstellung eilit den Bilern voraus”, Hiltrud Jordan Gallery, Cologne

1987 Artothek, Cologne

1986 Galeri Tanja Grunert, Cologne

1985 Jurgen Ponto Stiftung, Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt (catalogue)


2008 Galerie fur Zeitgenossische Kunst Leibzig

2009 Deborah Bell Gallery, New York

2003 Richard Feigen Gallery, New York

2002 Los Angeles County Museum of Art

New Acquisitions / New Work / New Directions 3: Contemporary Selections

Exhibition Dates: May 9 through August 18, 2002

2000 Villa Romana Preistrager 2001, Neues Museum Weimar, Weimar Back to Kassel, Kunstverein Kassel, Kassel

1997 Galerie Tasser & Grunert, Koln

Galerie Ulrch Fiedler, Koln

1995 “Let’s go to the movies”, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York

1993 “Deutsche Kunst mit Photographie. Die 90er Jahre”, Fototage, Frankfurt am Main, Rheinisches Landesmuseum, Bonn (catalogue)

1992 “Made for Arolsen”, curated by Veit Loers, Arolsen (catalogue)

“Nur 72 Stunden”, curated by Christiane Schneider, Cologne (catalogue)

1991 Zweiter Deutscher Photopreis, Stuttgart (catalogue)

1989 “Collection F.C. Gundlach”, Kunstverein Hamburg (catalogue)

“Van Gogh zu Ehren”, Kassler Kunstverein (catalogue)

1985 “Die Gute der Gewohnheit”, Pace/MacGill, New York (catalogue)


Gedichte der Fakten, aus der Sammlung von Arend und Brigitte Oetker. Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, Koln, 2000

Cat. Hanno Otten, project room in the museum Ludwig, Koln 1998 Riewoldt. Otto, constructed for the future, architecture in the information age, Stuttgart 1997 I’RW,1972-1997, Munchen 1997

Cat. Realisation art in the leipzig resident fair, Leipzig 1997

Cat. Found Footage, art in the leipzig resident fair, Leipzig 1997

Cat. Project art in the new fair Leipzig, Leipzig 1997

Cat. Hanno Otten, Forderkreis of the leipzig residents gallery fur Zeitgenossische art, Leipzig 1996 year rings 41, sunshine, annual fur modern art 1994, hg. of Christiane tailor, Munchen 1994.

Cat. German art with photograph. The 90’s, Footage Frankfurt/Main 1993

Cat. Hanno Otten, St. Petri, Lubeck 1993

Cat. Only 72 hours, Koln 1992 Cat made for Arolsen, Arolsen 1992

Cat. Second German photo price, Stuttgart 1991

Cat. Van Gogh in honor, Kasseler art society, Kassel 1990

Cat. Collection F. C. Gundlach, art society Hamburg, Hamburg 1989 time magazines no. 23, June, 1989, photo specially, S. 31 Jager Gottfried, picture gift photograph. Urspunge, drafts and Spezifika of an art form, Koln, DuMont 1988, S. 98 Bateria notebooks 6, 1987, S.18/19 Ostrow, Saul, Koln, in: Bomb No. IX, New York, jump 1987, S. 88/89 Honnef, Klaus, Simulierte realities-produced photograph, part II., in: art forum Bd. 84, June/July/August, 1986, S. 160/161

Cat. Hanno Otten, Dresdner bank CORP., Frankfurt 1985

Cat. Art landscape Federal Republic. Frankfurt and Hesse, hg. v. Art society

German team, Stuutgart 1984

Cat. Car pictures, Krefeld 1984 Thiel, Heinz, a the room unbegrundet is doubt, in: art forum Bd. 71/72, April, May 1984, S. 213-228

Cat. The couple. In the Klapperhof, Koln 1983

Cat. Modern adventures, CIF, Barcelona 1981

Cat. Duftmarken, studio stuff, Bremen 1980


Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Houston Museum of Fine Art

Busch Reisinger Museum

Microsoft Art Collection

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood

Willkie Farr & Gallagher