Born in 1936, German artist Hans Haacke studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Kassel from 1956 to 1960. During this time he painted pictures in the style of Tachism. In 1960 Haacke spent a year in Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in Paris and while there, he became familiar with the work of Yves Klein and the Zero Group. Haacke received a Fulbright Scholarship in 1962 enabling him to study at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.
From 1963 to 1965 Haacke held a number of teaching positions in Germany, first at Kettwig, then at Düsseldorf, returning to the United States in 1965 to live in New York and take a visiting lectureship at the University of Washington in Seattle. After 1967 he taught at Cooper Union in New York, gaining full professorship in 1979. He was a guest professor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Hamburg in 1973 and at the Gesamthochschule in Essen in 1979.