Exhibition “ZERO” at Berliner Martin-Gropius-Bau

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Seminal Exhibition “ZERO: The international art movement of the 1950s and 60s” at Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin runs through June 8th 2015.

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Günther Uecker, Otto Piene, Yayoi Kusama, Heinz Mack

Günther Uecker, Otto Piene, Yayoi Kusama, Heinz Mack

This photograph shows a detail, three of five 'Light Disks', of the art piece 'Cosmic Visions / Light Disks' by German artist Guenther Uecker - MARKUS SCHREIBER — AP Photo

This photograph shows a detail, three of five ‘Light Disks’, of the art piece ‘Cosmic Visions / Light Disks’ by German artist Guenther Uecker – MARKUS SCHREIBER — AP Photo

The installation

The installation “Sphere-trames” (v.) The artist François Morellet and installation “Relations Bleues, noires et argentées” (h) the artist Jesús Rafael Soto in the exhibition “Zero”.

Herman de Vries, 'Ruimtelijke toevals-structuur'.

Herman de Vries, ‘Ruimtelijke toevals-structuur’.

Guenther Uecker, 'Weisse Muehle' ( White Mill).

Guenther Uecker, ‘Weisse Muehle’ ( White Mill).

Otto Piene, 'Venus von Willendorf' (Venus of Willendorf), 1965, oil and soot on canvas, 150 x 200 cm. Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Otto Piene, ‘Venus von Willendorf’ (Venus of Willendorf), 1965, oil and soot on canvas, 150 x 200 cm. Courtesy of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Heinz Mack, 'Siehst Du den Wind? Gruß an Tinguely' (Do You See the Wind? Greetings to Tinguely), 1962, electric fan, refelctor, aluminium bands, 200 x 40 x 40 cm. Courtesy of ZERO and Foundation Dusseldorf.

Heinz Mack, ‘Siehst Du den Wind? Gruß an Tinguely’ (Do You See the Wind? Greetings to Tinguely), 1962, electric fan, refelctor, aluminium bands, 200 x 40 x 40 cm. Courtesy of ZERO and Foundation Dusseldorf.

Heinz Mack, Otto Piene

Heinz Mack, Otto Piene

Installation view at “ZERO – The International Art Movement of the 50s and 60s,“ Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2015.

Installation view at “ZERO – The International Art Movement of the 50s and 60s,“ Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, 2015.

From the Berliner Festspiele / Martin-Gropius-Bau’s website,
“Sometimes the real revolutions in art remain invisible until they are long past, yet the subterranean shock waves can persist for generations.” Daniel Birnbaum, ZERO aus heutiger Sicht, 2014 Over 50 years after the founding of the ZERO movement the exhibition is devoted not only to the first founding artists Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, nor even just to these international artists who were close to ZERO such as Yves Klein and Lucio Fontana, but also to such forgotten artists as Hermann Goepfert, Oskar Holweck or Hans Salentin.
The exhibition shows how light could be used in such media as painting, kinetic art, installations, performances, films and publications. Within the framework of the exhibition there will be a public accompanying programme, DYNAMO, which – alongside the aesthetic experience of the ZERO works in the exhibition – will offer a synaesthetic approach to art and culture.
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