Karl Gerstner

Year of birth, place
1930, Basel, Switzerland
Year of death, place
2017, Basel, Switzerland
Role at the ZKM
Artist of the Collection
Biography

Karl Gerstner studied at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule in Basel under Emil Ruder before a three-year apprenticeship as a graphic designer. 1959 co-founder of the Agentur für Werbung, Grafik, Publizität, Gerstner + Kutter, later renamed GGK (Gerstner, Gredinger + Kutter). 1970 left GGK to focus on his artistic work. He lived in Basel, CH, Hippoltskirch, FR, and Paris, FR.
Exhib.: 1960, »Konkrete Kunst. 50 Jahre Entwicklung, Helmhaus«, Zurich. 1964, documenta 3, Kassel. 1973, »think program«, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Lit.: K. G., »Kalte Kunst – zum Standpunkt der heutigen Malerei«, Teufen, 1957. K. G., “Bilder machen heute,” in: »Spirale«, 8, 1960, pp. 3–15. K. G., »Programme entwerfen«, Teufen, 1964.