Born in 1939 in Timișoara, Romania – Lives and Work in Nuremberg – Germany
Diet Sayler can be considered one of the most important artists from the concrete art movement in Europe.
Awarded with the Grand Cultural Prize of the City of Nuremberg in 2018, Diet Sayler celebrated his 80th birthday with a big solo exhibition at The Neues Haus Museum in 2019 in Nuremberg – Germany. Some of the exceptional works from this exhibition were exhibited at Radial Gallery in 2021.
At the end of the 1960s, there was a temporary cultural thaw in Romania. At that time, the young artist made his first public appearance with other Neo-Avant-Garde artists. Back then, his art was still explicitly constructivist. In 1972, the artist turned his back on Ceauşescu’s authoritarian regime, emigrating to Germany where he taught as a professor here at the local Academy of Fine Arts from 1992 to 2005. With his exhibition series “konkret” Sayler presented the different varieties of concrete and constructive art from 1980 to 1990 and made Nuremberg a secret capital of these movements. Diet Sayler himself can be considered one of the most important concrete artists in Europe. Independence from all artistic and intellectual fashions still distinguishes the artist today. Having suffered life under a dictatorship, art without freedom is unthinkable for Diet Sayler – in both the social and artistic sense. The artist is therefore one of the unorthodox exponents of concrete art. Chance to him means an assurance against the lies brought about by any absolutization of a system.
Art collections worldwide
In addition of the MOMA -New-York City and the Tate Modern -London -UK the works from Diet Sayler are present in many important art collections worldwide: Albertina, Wien (A) – Academia de Știința și Arta, Bucharest (RO) – B.W.A. Museum, Lublin (PL) – Cassa Sesto San Giovanni, Milano (I) – City Museums and Art Galleries, Birmingham (GB) – Forum Konkrete Kunst, Petersberg, Erfurt (D) – Foundation for Constructive Art, University of Calgary (CDN) – Gemäldesammlung, Städtische Museen Nürnberg (D) – Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nürnberg (D) – Henie-Onstad-Museum Høvikodden, Oslo (N) – Istituto Alvar Aalto – Museo dell’Architettura, Torino (I) – Kolekcja Lasek, Warszawa (PL) – Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg(D) – Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren (D) – Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Mie-Ken (JAP) – M o M A, The Museum of Modern Art, New York (USA) – Mondriaanhuis, Amersfoort (NL) – Musée de Grenoble (F) – Musée de Montbéliard (F) – Museen der Stadt Lüdenscheid (D) – Museo de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro (BRA) – Museum Ritter, Waldenbuch (D) – Museum der Schönen Künste, Budapest (H) – Museum für Konkrete Kunst, Ingolstadt (D) – Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Lübeck (D) – Museum für Moderne Kunst, Otterndorf (D) – Museum im Kulturspeicher, Würzburg (D) – Museum Modern Art, Sammlung Blum, Hünfeld (D) – Museum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg (D) – Muzeul National de Arta, Bukareszt (RO) – Muzeum Okręgowe, Chełm (PL) – Muzeul de Arta, Timisoara (RO) – Muzeum Sztuki, Fundacja Gerarda, Świeradów (PL) – Neue Galerie,Staatliche Museen Kassel (D) – Neues Museum, Nürnberg (D) – Sammlung HypoVereinsbank, Nürnberg (D) – Städtische Galerie, Palais Stutterheim Erlangen (D) – Städtisches Museum, Göttingen (D) – The New York Public Library, New York (USA) – Tschechisches Museum Prag (CZ) – UBS, Zürich (CH) – United Health Care Collection, Minneapolis (USA) – Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen (D)