Otto Herbert Hajek, Czech/German (1927 - 2005)

Otto Hajek
Otto Herbert Hajek (born 27 June 1927 in Kaltenbach, Czechoslovakia, † 29 April 2005 in Stuttgart) was a German abstract painter, graphic artist and sculptor.


Hajek attended high school in Prachatitz and later went to school in Erlangen. From 1947 to 1954 he studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. In 1978 he was awarded the title of Professor by the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Head of a sculptor at the State Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe Hajek 1980 was appointed. He taught there until 1992.
Hajek's work has been made at the documenta II (1959) and Documenta III (1964) in Kassel and thus gained a higher level of awareness. From 1972 to 1979 he was Chairman of the German Association of Artists. In this capacity, he sat down one especially for the social protection of artists. Until his death he lived in Stuttgart. His grave is located in the forest cemetery in Degerloch.


His art works are exhibited worldwide, for example in Moscow, Adelaide or in the museums of the Vatican. The works are predominantly colored sculptures and objects made of steel and concrete, as well as interior and façade designs in buildings. Furthermore, it is named in Stuttgart Citizens Service Center West Hall A after him.


1978: Honorary Doctorate of the Faculty of Catholic Theology, University of Tübingen
1982 Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany
1987: Honorary Member of the German Association of Artists; Lovis Corinth Prize of artists Esslingen eV and Adalbert Stifter medal
1988: Honorary Senator of the University of Tübingen and honorary member of the German-Czechoslovak Society
1990: Big Sudeten German Culture Prize
1994: Medal of the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg
1995 Full Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Salzburg
1998 Civic Medal of Stuttgart; Great Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany and Honorary Citizen of Prachatitz / Czech Republic


Leuze Spa in Stuttgart

Space motion 76/86 II, Stuttgart
Stone reliefs and tabernacle for St. Aurelius Hirsau (1955/56)
Numerous steel sculptures in Stuttgart
Altar in the Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Biberach (1957)
Memorial to the Fallen in Bad Buchau, mosaic canopy (1958)
Concrete art work way before the German Management Academy of Lower Saxony in Celle
Six-meter-high steel sculpture city numeral 69/74 - previously Kleiner Schlossplatz - now in Stuttgart-Wangen
Leuze Spa in Stuttgart-Ost
Rose garden in front of the cafeteria of the University of the Saarland
Sign outstrips the room at a crossroads in Saarlouis
Forecourt of the circuit house in Schwelm (1969-1972)
The so-called Hajek fountain on Victoria Square in Mülheim an der Ruhr (1977). The removal or relocation of the controversial work of art was one of the most important issues in the municipal elections of 1999.
Spa in Königstein im Taunus, built in 1972. Color and artistic design in the colors blue and orange of Nassau Otto Herbert Hajek.
Planning and design of the exterior facade of the carpet and the city hall Lahnstein in 1972/73
New University of characters of the Ruprecht-Karls-University of Heidelberg in 1977/78.
Various sculptures and statues in downtown Bochum in the 1970s, including Albert Einstein High School
Catholic parish church of "Saint John" in Nuertingen
Memorial Center, Stations of the Cross

Parts of the estate are written in the archives of Fine Art in the Germanic National Museum.


Chris Gerbing: opportunities, possibilities and limits of art in the company. An Interdisciplinary Study of the "Kunstumzingelung" by Otto Herbert Hajek at the Sparda-Bank in Stuttgart. Wasmuth Verlag, Tübingen, 2010, ISBN 978-3-8030-3342-0
Otto Herbert Hajek in an interview: Interview 6 Otto Herbert Hajek in conversation with Monika bugs. Saarbrücken 1998
Uli Kreh: The cold beauty. Sculptures in Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 1993, pages 146-147 (lying on the Hoppenlauschule Stuttgart).
Claus Pese: More than just art. The Archive of Visual Arts in the Germanic National Museum. Ostfildern-Ruit 1998 (Cultural and Historical walks in the Germanic National Museum, Volume 2), pp. 111-115.
Archive of Visual Arts in the Germanic National Museum, Nuremberg (ed.): O. H. Hajek - The penetration of life with art. Besler-Verlag, Stuttgart and Zurich, 1987, ISBN 3-7630-1719-4
Artistic design of the buildings on the Neckar. In: The Rhine. Journal for inland waterways and the Fährwesen # 4 of 25 February 1963 Page [49] (relief, barrage Pleidelsheim).
Otto Herbert Hajek Art Foundation of Sparda-Bank Baden-Württemberg (ed.): Prints I - 1949-1975 and printmaking II - 1976-2005. Stuttgart 2005, ISBN 3-938023-08-2
Fritz Wiedermann: Plastic art for the Neckar River dams. In: The wood and stone sculptor, 1956, issue 1, pages 1-6, Otto Herbert Hajek: Image 6
Württemberg Art Association (Editor): painter and sculptor. Exhibition of Württ. Kunstverein Stuttgart Art building on Schlossplatz 29 March - 29 April 1956, Stuttgart, 1956, 2 pages without page number.
Own publications:
Otto Herbert Hajek: Living in the City - and art. Owls Verlag, Stuttgart 1988, ISBN 3-89102-209-3
Otto Herbert Hajek characters, places, city images. Forum Publishing, ISBN 3-8091-1049-3
Otto Herbert Hajek: Preface. In: Uli Kreh: The cold beauty. Sculptures in Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 1993, page 10

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