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René Acht

1920 — 1998

René Acht was a Swiss painter and sculptor. He studied painting and sculpture at the Art and Trade School in Basel from 1936 to 1940. From 1941 to 1943 he received the first scholarship for his artistic work as a private scholarship from an art dealer. In 1945 he moved to Stockholm and worked there as a volunteer set designer at the Royal Opera. From 1947 to 1948 he lived in Helsinki, stayed in Italy, especially Rome, for a long time in 1948, and returned to Finland, Lapland in 1950.

Has taught at the Migros Club School in Basel since 1950. In 1953 he received the scholarship from the Kiefer-Hablitzel Foundation, in 1954 the scholarship from the His Foundation, Basel and undertook a study trip through Spain and North Africa. This was followed in 1955 by another grant from the city of Basel and a study visit to Rome. Between 1958 and 1960 he received grants from the Swiss Confederation and became a lifetime member of the F.I.A.L. (International Institute of Art and Letters). From 1963 to 1965 he taught as a professor at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts. Since 1965 he was a member of the GSMBA, Basel and the St. Lukas-Gesellschaft, Switzerland. From 1965 to 1966 he taught as the head of the painting class at the Basel art and trade school. a. Rémy Zaugg and Reinhard Klessinger.

René Acht moved to Freiburg im Breisgau in 1972, where he married Bärbel Acht (née Geigele) in 1978. In 1974 he went on a study trip to Japan and became a member of the South Baden professional association. In 1976 he founded the “ART-CLUB + Kunstforum” in Freiburg. In 1978 he undertook a study trip to the Ivory Coast and became a member of the Baden-Württemberg artist association. Between 1980 and 1988 she taught as a lecturer in color at the University of Education in Freiburg. In 1982 he undertook a study trip to China. In 1997 he was awarded the European Culture Prize, the Adolf Unmüssig Regio Prize.

A first international breakthrough came in the Informel of the 1950s when she was invited to documenta 2 in Kassel and the 5th Biennale Sâo Paulo. From 1989 until 1989, René Acht lived and worked alternately in Freiburg and Vaudémont, Champagne.