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I don't know if they are technically called "piyutim", but there is a nusach we say on Rosh Hashana/Yom Kippur between "Ata Kadosh" to "Hamelech Hakadosh". Was that decreed by the Anshei Knesses Hagedola, or was it a more modern text? If it is more modern, how is it not a problem of a hefsek?

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I've heard that they date back to, or were inspired by, the Mishna's requirement from Rabbi Yochanan ben Nuri to include the bracha of Malchuyot in Kdushat Hashem. I don't have a source for this, though. – JXG Oct 11 '11 at 9:23
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Rambam (Seder Tefillos Mikol Hashanah) calls it מנהג פשוט, a widespread custom, to say these paragraphs (his version is different than ours, but it's recognizable). So it doesn't sound like it goes back to the Anshei Knesses Hagedolah; perhaps it's from the Geonim. (It appears in Siddur R. Amram Gaon, but there are lots of later interpolations there, so I don't know that this proves anything.)

It wouldn't be a problem of hefsek, because you are allowed to insert extra prayers for communal needs even in the first three berachos (Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 112:1). Certainly, these paragraphs are no worse than the other insertions in the first and last couple of berachos (זכרנו, מי כמוך, etc.), which are allowed.

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