On July 17th, 2014, Otto Piene, co-founder of the ZERO group, died in Berlin. He was 86 years old. He was currently attending the opening of the exhibition "Otto Piene. More Sky."
The pioneer of multimedia art, the founder of of the Sky Art, the tireless artist, teacher, and author died just one day after the acclaimed openings of the exhibitions in Berlin.
Otto Piene was born in Bad Laasphe on April 18th, 1928. After World War II, he studied art and philosophy in Munich, Duesseldorf, and Cologne. Together with Heinz Mack, he was founding the international ZERO group. 1968 he was invited to the newly founded Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 1974 Piene was appointed as director of the CAVS, where he worked until 1994.
Otto Piene was a visionary and a realistic utopian. In the 1950s he moved to the art off the beaten track, and found new medias and materials for his art. With optimism, a great lust for life, and a sharp witted humor, he was working on his goals on both sides of the Atlantic for over a half century.
He leaves behind a manifold life's work. His energy will always encourage artists and non-artists to create the reality in a positive way. DYNAMO Piene.
Berlin’s Neue Nationalgalerie and Deutsche Bank KunstHalle honor ZEROartist Otto Piene with the large scale joint exhibition Otto Piene. More Sky. As part of the exhibition, a spectacular sky art event will take place outside the Neue Nationalgalerie on July 19, 2014. At Neue Nationalgalerie, the slide installation The Proliferation of the Sun will be presented each evening from10 pm to 3 am. Originally conceived for a small off space in New York in 1967 and performed that same year in Nuremberg, Cologne, and Dortmund, colorfully shimmering shapes on over 1000 hand-painted glass slides are projected into the open exhibition space, resulting in what Piene calls a “poetic journey through space.” The reconstruction of this spectral color experience will develop a special evocative power in the upper hall of the Neue Nationalgalerie, confronting the strict architecture of the Mies van der Rohe building with Otto Piene’s idealism and utopian visions.
The exhibition at Deutsche Bank KunstHalle will explore the enormous breath and experimental attitude of Otto Piene’s early work. Early stencil paintings, light prints and light sculptures, impressive smoke drawings and fire paintings — some from the Deutsche Bank’s own collection — will show the artist’s experimental approach with the elements air, fire, and light, and the liberation of the arts that he engaged in. The exhibition will close with a large light space designed especially for the exhibition.
Otto Piene. More Sky.
Deutsche Bank KunstHalle and Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
18.07. - 31.08.2014
On 3 June 2014 the installation The Sky Over Nine Columns by German artist Heinz Mack got opened to the public on the Island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.
Paralleling the Architecture Biennale, nine columns—more than seven metres high and covered with a golden mosaic—stand in front of the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, bearing the sky above them. The golden mosaic consisting of over 800,000 tesserae is an example of the long tradition of local craftsmanship, representing Venice’s early cultural relations between Orient and Occident. The sculptural ensemble serves as an instrument of light performance, adding a widely visible source of fascination to the rich cityscape of Venice.
The Sky Over Nine Columns
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
03.06. - 23.11.2014
The Museum Morsbroich in Leverkusen is showing the exhibition Keramische Räume with works from Lucio Fontana. This exhibition is about the development of the ceramic sculpture after 1945. In addition to Lucio Fontana the exhibition shows works by Thomas Schütte, Norbert Prangenberg, Rosemarie Trackel and Markus Karstie.
Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
25.05. - 31.08.2014
Today is the opening of the exhibition ZERO - Zwischen Himmel und Erde in Friedrichshafen. The Zeppelin Museum is showing wonderful artworks all related to heaven and earth by various ZERO artists such as Piene, Mack, Uecker, Klein, Luther, and Manzoni.
ZERO - Zwischen Himmel und Erde
Zeppelin Museum Friedrichshafen
15.05. - 20.07.2014
The Galleria Allegra Ravizza will be showing a Christian Megert exhibition starting on May 15th, 2014.
Galleria Allegra Ravizza, Lugano
15.05. - 06.07.2014
The Italian MAAB Gallery in Milan shows a ZERO exhibition from March 26th to June 6th. The exhibition contains of works from Mack, Megert, Piene, Uecker, and Nanda Vigo.
ZERO, MAAB Gallery, Milan
26.03. - 06.06.2014
Today is the opening of an exhibition with works only by Piero Mazoni at the Palazzo Reale in Milan.
Piero Manzoni, 1933-1963
Palazzo Reale, Milan
26.03. - 02.06.2014
As part of this year's Quadriennale in Düsseldorf, the Langen Foundation in Neuss will show an Otto Piene exhibition starting on April 5th, 2014. The opening starts at 12 o'clock.
Otto Piene, Light and Air, Langen Foundation, Neuss
05.04. - 10.08.2014
The Landesbibliothek of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern will be named after the renowned artist Günther Uecker. Both the artist and the German secretary of Culture and Science, Mathias Brodkorb, signed the certificate on November 22nd 2013 in Düsseldorf.
Otto Piene will receive the first German "Lichtkunstpreis" on January 19th in Celle. The Robert Simon Kunststiftung is honoring the artist with this award for his lifetime achivement. This award will be given every two years from this year on.
Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker have donated 20 artworks each to the friends of the ZERO foundation to finance the upcoming exhibition ZERO: Countdown to tomorrow. 1950s-60s. at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin with the sales. This exhibition will start on March 21th, 2015 and will end on June, 8th, 2015. It is part of an exhibition tour which starts at the Guggenheim Museum in New York in October 2014, and ends at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in October 2015. The donated artworks are on sale from December 1st, and can be viewed and bought at the K20 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf, and at the office of the ZERO foundation. Please contact the ZERO foundation, Katrin Lohe at +49 (0)211 598 059 77 for further informations.
In memory of the first and only ZERO exhibition in Gelsenkirchen 1963, the Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen shows the exhibition ZERO in Gelsenkirchen. 50 years after the memorable day, this exhibition shows several artworks which were also part of the exhibition in 1963.
ZERO in Gelsenkirchen. Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen,
22.11.2013 - 19.01.2014
A new "Nagel-Skulptur" from Günther Uecker will be unveiled today. It is located at the newly built "Kö-Bogen" in Düsseldorf.
The gallery Swetec in Düsseldorf shows firepaintings and drawings from Otto Piene on the occasion of his 85. birthday.
Gallery Franz Swetec, Düsseldorf.
08.11.2013 - January 2014
The gallery Swetec in Griesheim shows pastells, ink drawings and other drawings from Heinz Mack.
Gallery Franz Swetec, Griesheim
27.10.2013 - January 2014
Today is the opening of the exhibition ZERO Avantgarde 1965-2013 at the Galleria Christian Stein in Milan, Italy. The exhibition is a "remake" of the exhibition, held in the very same building, in the adjacent studio of Lucio Fontana, in 1965, and dedicated to the ZERO group who already had numerous contacts with the Milanese scene from 1959. In 1965 the exhibition was organised and staged by Nanda Vigo, an Italian member of the transnational group, and hosted by Lucio Fontana in his studio, and today it is once again Nanda Vigo, almost fifty years later, who is the curator of the event, with the attention and affection that only those who had participated and experienced the difficulties of that time can instil in their choices and staging.
ZERO Avantgarde 1965-2013. Galleria Christian Stein, Milan, Italy.
16.10.2013 - 11.01.2014
The artist Gotthard Graubner died at the age of 82. He was born in Erlbach on June, 13th, 1930.
Henk Peeters died at the age of 87 in Holland. He was one of the founders of the dutch nul-group.
Today is the opening of the exhibition DYNAMO in the Grand Palais at the National Galeries in Paris, with works from Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker.
DYNAMO! Un siècle de Lumière et de mouvement dans l'art 1913-2013, Grand Palais, Paris.
08.04. - 22.07.2013
50 years after the signing of the Elysée-contract the ZERO foundation is organising an exhibition in the private museum Passage de Retz in Paris in co-operation with the curator Jean-Hubert Martin. The exhibition will be called ZERO entre Paris et Düsseldorf and will show the relationship between ZERO artists from Paris and Düsseldorf. The exhibition will present early and rarely shown works from Arman, Bernard Aubertin, Yves Klein, Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Otto Piene, Jean Tinguely and Günther Uecker.
ZERO entre Paris et Düsseldorf, Passage de Retz, Paris.
11.07. - 22.09.2013
Otto Piene is currently working on the creation of the new building of the Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte in Münster. His artwork "Silberne Frequenz", which was installed at the old building should now be re-installed at the new building. But the new layout will differ a bit from the old one.
Today is the opening of the exhibition Sculpture at the Düsseldorf Art Academy at the Kunstsammlung K20 in Düsseldorf. This exhibition is about sculptors who have taught or studied at the renowned Düsseldorf Art Academy and who have been, since 1945, responsible for a series of decisive and influential artistic impulses. Artworks by Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker will be shown among others. The exhibition will be opened until July 28th, 2013.
The ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst in Karlsruhe dedicates the exhibition Energiefelder to Otto Piene, and is showing a broad variety of his works. Otto Piene's artwork was new to the art industry in the beginning of the 50s. In April the artist will turn 85 years old, and his art is still affected by the intense mixture of art, technology, and nature.
Energiefelder. ZKM Museum für Neue Kunst, Karlsruhe.
26.01.-01.04.2013 further information
Otto Piene will receive the Max-Beckmann-Award from the city of Frankfurt/Main. With this award the city honors outstanding achivements in art, architecture, sculpture and graphite. The award will be granted every three years. Otto Piene will be awarded on February 12th at St. Paul's Church in Frankfurt.
From April 8th to July 22th, 2013 the exhibition DYNAMO. A century of light and movement in the art. 1913-2013 will take place in the Galeries nationales du Grand Palais in Paris. The exhibition shows how, over the last years, many artists have focused in their work on the notions of vision, space, light, structure and movement, often through installations in which the spectator fully takes part. One special part of it will be the documenta-Raum (1964) from Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker.
4 3 2 1 ZERO - book launch of the reprint of the original ZERO magazine issues 1 and 2 from 1958 and issue 3 from 1961. Accompanied with the exhibition ZERO on Paper organized by the ZERO foundation at the Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren the special ZERO magazine edition will be available at the opening. In addition to the the reprint of the magazines, Otto Piene and Heinz Mack made a special artist edition along with the facsimile. The exhibition will run until February 17, 2013.
Opening of Günther Ueckers retrospective together with Enrico Castellani at Cá Pesaro - Galleria Internazionale d' Arte Moderna, Venice. The exhibition is organized by The Goethe Institut Milan in cooperation with the Fondazione Musei Civici Venezia and will run until January 13, 2013 for further information please see
Opening of the group show Ghosts in the Machine at the New Museum New York with works by Otto Piene, Hans Haacke, Gianni Colombo among others further information
Live interview with Otto Piene and Heinz Mack at the Art Basel Conversation. Moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist. (Soon viewable on our webpage) further information on vimeo
In cooperation with the post-graduate college "materiality and production" at the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf the ZERO foundation organized a symposium on the theme Das Medium Licht im Kontext der Neo-Avantgarde der 1950er und 1960er Jahre - The medium light in context of the neo-avantgarde in the 50' and 60'
The Mayor Gallery presents a retrospective of the artistic work of Otto Piene over seven decades, exhibited for the first time in London since the sixties. The exhibition will be showing sculptural inflatables, a Light Ballet, Fire canvases, early works on paper and several contemporary ceramics. Otto Piene - A Retrospective, The Mayor Gallery, London, 23 May - 27 July 2012 further information
The Moderna Museet will be showing the exhibition "Explosion - Painting as action" this summer. In the exhibtion will be presenting works by some 50 artists (Günther Uecker, Otto Piene, Kazuo Shiraga, Shozo Shimamoto, Yves Klein u.o.) from the late 1940s up to the present. After the second world war, a number of painters in different parts of the world began to attack painting’s fundamental assumptions in ways that were at once both aggressive and playful. Many artists attached as much importance to the creative act itself as they did to the painting that resulted from it. On this borderland between painting and performance, chance or the spectator were often recruited as co-creators of the work. This experimental, conceptual attitude to painting and art subsequently inspired a lot of other artists. In recent years, interest in performance art has increased, and with it interest in its roots.
Explosion - Painting as action, Moderna Museet, 2 June to 9 September 2012. further information
The Musée de Picardie in Amiens, France, will be showing an exhibition about the history of movement in the arts of the 20th century. Among others the exhibition will also be showing works from ZERO artists. Immobile - Mobile, Musée de Picardie, Amiens, France - 1 June to 30 September 2012. further information
The Museum Ostwall in Dortmund is showing the exhibition "Heinz Mack - Zwischen den Zeiten". The exhibition presents
sculptures, paintings, ceramics and photographs by Heinz Mack - some rarely or never shown before. The exhibition is composed thematically and presents e.g. works and objects of Heinz Mack's Sahara expedition in the 1960ies. Heinz Mack - Zwischen den Zeiten, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, till 29 July 2012. further information
The artist Heinz Mack has been honored for his lifework with the Cultural Award of the Cultural Trust of the City Dortmund. The Award honors, in alternating years, outstanding artists. It is endowed with a prize money of 25.000 EUR.
The Lembruck Museum Duisburg is presenting an impressing new room with ceramic works by Otto Piene together with his pneumatic sculptures "Fleurs du mal". The exhibition will be shown until September 2012. further information
The Neuberger Museum of Art (NY/USA) will present the exhibition The Art of ZERO in 2013. Selected from the permanent collection of the Neuberger Museum of Art, this exhibition includes work by artists who were part of or exhibited with Group Zero, a late-1950s European art movement attempting to re-harmonize the relationship of man and nature in the wake of the devastation of World War II. further information
The MIT List Visual Arts Center will present an exhibition that revisits Hans Haacke’s 1967 solo exhibition at MIT. The result of intensive research and collaboration with the artist, Hans Haacke 1967 will revisit this significant body of work as well as document part of MIT’s historical contribution to contemporary art. further information
The MIT List Visual Arts Center is pleased to present an exhibition of the light-based sculptural work of Otto Piene . Piene is a pioneering figure in multimedia and technology-based art. Piene was the first fellow of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) in 1968, succeeding its founder György Kepes as director until retiring in 1994. further information
Günther Uecker received this year’s Artist Award of the Cologne Fine Art & Antiques. The 81-year-olds get the prize worth 10 000 euro prize for his life’s work, which goes beyond the disciplines and the context of the visual arts extends in a fantastic way, a spokesman for the show. The price is on 15 November awarded.
From 11 September 2011 to 22 January 2012, the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam will present nul = 0. dutch avant-garde in an international context, 1961 - 1966. nul = 0 is the first comprehensive overview in the Netherlands of work by members of the Nul-group and international kindred spirits since 1965. Work of Dutch Nul-artists – Armando, Jan Henderikse, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven and herman de vries – will be displayed in relation to artists from the German ZERO, the French Nouveau Réalisme, the Italian Azimuth and the Japanese Gutai movements in the time period 1961-1966. further information
This autumn, the Gemeentemuseum’s Willem Cordia Room welcomes the first ever one-man show of Henk Peeters’ work from the 1960s. A major installation involving bags of water will be recreated especially for the occasion. It was originally on show at the successful international ZERO-0-NUL exhibition held at the Gemeentemuseum in 1964. Peeters was a spider in the web of the international ZERO movement of the 1960s and it was thanks to his efforts that the big Zero/Nul exhibition was held in the Netherlands (partly at the Gemeentemuseum in the The Hague, the city where the Nul group enjoyed its heyday). further information
The Elemenary School at the Rolandstraße in Düsseldorf celebrates its 50th anniversary. The architect Paul Schneider-Esleben created a functional building inspired by the formal principal of the Bauhaus. Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker created in the early sixties works for the children that are integrated in the building. The ZERO works of the Rolandschule rank together with the work "Lichtraum (Hommage à Fontana)" at the Museum Kunstpalast among the Düsseldorfer Highlights of the ZERO period. Through initiative of the ZERO foundation, in close cooperation with the Cologne Institute of Conservation Science and sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs the works are now restored and presented anew. The restored works will be officially presented June 16, 2011 at the auditorium of the school in the presence of the artists.
The Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Netherlands, is presenting the large exhibition "nul=0. Dutch Avantgarde in an International Context, 1961-1966" from September 11, 2011, to January 22, 2012.
With reference to the historic exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1962 the dutch artist of the nul-group Armando, Jan Henderikse, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven and herman de vries will be seen in an context with other international artists groups such as the german ZERO group, the french Nouveau Réalists, the italian group Azimuth and the japanese group Gutai. The exhibition is realised in close cooperation with the ZERO foundation.
In cooperation with the ZERO foundation the Skulpturenpark Waldfrieden/Cragg Foundation in Wuppertal is showing an exhibition on works by the german sculptor Nobert Kricke (1922-1984), April 8 to July 10, 2011.
The UNESCO is hosting the symposia "Fate of Public Art" at the UNESCO House in Paris, May 19 to 20, 2011. Otto Piene will attend the panel discussion on the theme "The Creation of Urban Space" at May 19.
The monographie "Otto Piene" was presented to the public by the Mayor of the City of Düsseldorf, Dirk Elbers, at the historic city hall on March 29, 2011, by attendance of the artist Otto Piene himself and the author Ante Glibota. After 23 years of intense research on the work of Otto Piene the book has been recently published and can be purchased throught Delight Editions, Paris.
Two museum exhibitions are showing more aspects of the comprehensive work of Heinz Mack: Mack - The Language of my hand, works on paper, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, March 26 to July 7, 2011, and Heinz Mack - Kinetik, Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, April 3 to September 25, 2011
The Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik in Bonn is showing a comprehensive exhibition with works by Heinz Mack on the occasion of his 80th birthday in 2011. Heinz Mack. Licht-Raum-Farbe, March 18 to July 10, 2011 more information
The Sperone Westwater Gallery in New York is showing an exhibition with works by Heinz Mack - "Early Metal Reliefs 1957 - 1967". January 7 to February 19, 2011 more information
Verheyen meets Jarman - Die chymische Hochzeit: Lecture-Perfomance and screening of the film "Blue" by Derek Jarman at the Langen Foundation, Neuss. January 13, 2011, 7 pm
ZERO ist der Anfang: Discussion with Otto Piene and Heinz Mack (ZERO artists), Hubertus Schoeller (ZERO Galerist), Mattijs Visser (Director ZERO foundation) at the Schauwerk in Sindelfingen. Moderation: Wibke von Bonin. November 13, 2010, 6 pm
The opening exhibition Zero - ∞ at the Schauwerk in Sindelfingen shows a selection of about 170 works by 81 artists dating from the early 1950s to 2009. A separate room is dedicated to the works from the ZERO movement, including works from Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana etc. more information
The Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren is showing the latest ceramic works by Otto Piene under the title Otto Piene. Le Rouge et la Noir/Ceramics. 05.09. - 21.11.2010 more information
On the initiativ of the Zero foundation the Cragg Foundation is showing an exhibition with works by Jean Tinguely at the Skulpturengarten Waldfrieden in Wuppertal in cooperation with the Tinguely-Museum Basel. The show will include a work from the last cooperation between Jean Tinguely and Yves Klein. 03.09. - 12.12.2010 more information
The Leopold-Hoesch-Museum in Düren has reopen on June 27th 2010 after reconstructing the building. They are showing works from the Hubertus Schoeller Stiftung from the ZERO period including a Light Ballet by Otto Piene.
The ZERO foundations collection was expanded by works from the artists Walter Leblanc and Otto Piene. We would like to thank our donors!
As part of the 2010 Quadriennale the Langen Foundation in cooperation with the ZERO foundation and the Vervoordt Foundation is showing an exhibition of the work of the Belgian ZERO artist and painter Jef Verheyen (1932-84). His oeuvre will be seen in the context of works by his friends. 11.09.2010 - 16.01.2011 more information
The ZERO foundation will be partner of the Quadriennale 2010. The foundation is mounting a discursed-based art event entitled Light in Darkness. It will take place in Düsseldorfs Media Harbour on the evening of the 18th september 2010. The event will comprise debates, lectures, performances on the theming of 'Light in Art'. [press information]
A circle of friends - the association “Freunde der ZERO foundation Düsseldorf e.V. “ - has been successfully founded in presence of the Zero initiators Heinz Mack und Otto Piene, representatives of the politics and artists, art collectors and gallerists.
For the exhibition series SPOT ON a publication is published by museum kunst palast in collaboration with the ZERO foundation on the history of the installation Lichtraum (Hommage à Fontana), 1964, by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker.
The Stedelijk Museum in Schiedam (NL) is preparing a survey on ZERO international with the Dutch NUL group as starting point. The exhibition will be prepared in close collaboration with the ZERO foundation and is planned to open in September 2011.
The Biennale di Venezia, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, will show works by the Japanese artist group Gutai. Several works, donated by the artists Shozo Shimamoto and Saburo Murakami, are in the collection of the ZERO foundation.
The work Cronotopo (1963) by the Italian artist Nanda Vigo will be acquired by the ZERO foundation from the proceeds of the auction of the ZERO Edition in April last year. The Milan-based artist exhibited with many ZERO protagonists and in 1965 organised the exhibition ZERO avantgarde in Lucio Fontana's studio. Cronotopo is one of her last remaining ZERO works.
The ZERO foundation has opened its space next to the Düsseldorf harbour and houses the archives of Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker, with photographic documentation, publications, videos, and other historical documents.
In 1958, at their studio at Gladbacher Strasse in Düsseldorf, Heinz Mack and Otto Piene founded ZERO. In 1961, Günther Uecker joined the group; and in 1966, ZERO disbanded.
ZERO designates a new beginning in artistic and historical terms to leave received principles of art behind. In the 1950s, still in the wake of the oppressive experiences of wartime and in distinction from the gestural painting of Europe’s brand of abstract expressionism, art informel, ZERO consciously elaborated a monochrome pictorial language suffused with light.
Pure colour or pure light as an epitome of cosmic powers becomes a synonym for the liberation of the individual. A third factor to open wide new horizons and to prompt experiments with new materials consisted of the new technological achievements. From now, light and movement are the central point of their art. Together with groupings of artists forming concurrently and with other, individually working artists in Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, ZERO revolutionised post-war art far beyond Europe’s limits with their new grammar of form and image.
What had begun in Düsseldorf would develop in less than a decade into one of the most significant avant-garde movements of the twentieth century. To this day, more than fifty years after the group’s foundation, the formal vocabulary of ZERO has lost nothing of its initial power and continues to be a point of reference for successive generations of artists.
After more than half a century of ZERO, the group and its wider circle are once again becoming a centre of public attention, this time in the shape of a foundation. The idea of preserving, presenting, researching and furthering this movement by establishing a ZERO foundation arose on the occasion of the internationally oriented ZERO. Internationale Künstler-Avantgarde der 50er/60er Jahre retrospective mounted at Düsseldorf's museum kunst palast in 2006.
It was only logical and consistent that the foundation should be located in the city where the movement first took off.
In December, 2008, the ZERO foundation was established, a collaboration between the Düsseldorf ZERO artists Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, with the museum kunst palast foundation and financial aid from the City of Düsseldorf.
The idea of preserving, presenting, researching and furthering this movement by establishing a ZERO foundation arose on the occasion of the internationally oriented ZERO. Internationale Künstler-Avantgarde der 50er/60er Jahre retrospective mounted at Düsseldorf's museum kunst palast in 2006.
The artists donated forty works as well as their archives from the days of ZERO, with important records such as photographs, correspondence and exhibition invitations and reviews. In the coming years, further works and documents of the times are to be gathered and made accessible to a wide public and to international research with the help of loans, co-operative projects and the development of exhibition projects and publications. These are to cover not only the ZERO period proper, but also the history of its influences through to the present day.
It is the good fortune of the foundation and as good as unique that the artists are able to bring their own commitment to it. Thus scholarly research and consolidation will profit directly from their first-hand information on the ZERO period.
The ZERO foundation has set itself the task of researching, preserving and presenting the works and documents of ZERO and, as a centre of scholarly investigation, is actively committed to reappraising the ZERO period.
The gifts of the founding members, Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker, in the shape of works and records from the time of the movement, form the backbone of the collection and the work of the foundation. The ZERO foundation will be expanding its library and the archive continually, for example in receiving further artists’ archives and estates from the ZERO circle, or by collaborating with archives internationally.
The collection itself is also to be extended by donations in future, be it in co-operation with collectors and artists or by the accession of legacies. Several donors and patrons have already enlarged both the collection and the archive at the ZERO foundation decisively. Co-operation with international museums will offer the ZERO foundation the prospect of placing works at the disposal of renowned collections as permanent loans.
Among the manifold activities of the ZERO foundation in its international outlook are ZERO exhibitions in Germany and abroad. The next few years will see the foundation collaborate closely with renowned museums in realising exhibition projects and standing by with support for the content of the respective show. Findings of scholarly research will be published in catalogue contributions.
It is also a declared aim of the ZERO foundation to promote an interdisciplinary exchange between artists, scholars in the humanities and the sciences and protagonists of the performing arts, across generations. The ZERO foundation will support this by realising projects of its own, such as symposia, exhibitions and performances reflecting aspects of the ZERO period.
In the research sphere, the comprehensive artist archives will be studied over the next few years, recorded, digitalised and evaluated according to their content regarding featured themes such as the connections of Düsseldorf ZERO to the Netherlands or to Italy. The results will be presented in publications, either in exhibition catalogues or publications in their own right.
A wide-ranging compendium of the ZERO period is being planned in which the movement’s protagonists and their circles, exhibitions, actions and utopian projects, detailed visual material - including matter only newly come to light - and core source texts, will be gathered and, with the collaboration of international scholars, placed in their historical context.
The Archive and the ZERO Library are in the process of being compiled and are open to researchers by appointment.
As a center of scholarly investigation we actively cooperate with international archives, institutions and estates in the context of the ZERO movement. A selected collection of web-links on artist-archives, estates and also artist webpages can be found below. The links in alphabetical order provide further sources and information on scientific research possibilities and also show path to further documentation- and photography archives on ZERO.
Archivio Opere Bernhard Aubertin
Stiftung für konkrete Kunst – Bernhard Aubertin
Pol Bury - Künstlerwebpage
Enrico Castellani Archiv Mailand
Archivio Gianni Colombo
Fondazione Lucio Fontana
Jesús Rafael Soto
Jean Tinguely – Museum Tinguely
Herman de Vries
Institut für Kunstgeschichte Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf
Graduiertenkolleg materialität und produktion
Adolf Luther Stiftung
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Center for Advanced Visual Studies, USA
Harry Shunk (Shunk - Kender) Archive
at Roy Lichtenstein Foundation
Manfred Tischer Archives
at Bildarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz - bpk
Together with the Museum Kunstpalast, the ZERO foundation has important works in the collection from the following artists:
Hermann Bartels, Pol Bury, Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Hermann Goepfert, Kuno Gonschior, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Gotthard Graubner, Hans Haacke, Oskar Holweck, Akira Kanayama, Yves Klein, Walter Leblanc, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, Almir Mavignier, Christian Megert, Sadamasa Motonaga, Saburo Murakami, Henk Peeters, Otto Piene, Uli Pohl, Arnulf Rainer, Hans Salentin, Jan Schoonhoven, Shozo Shimamoto, Jesus Rafael Soto, Daniel Spoerri, Atsuko Tanaka, Jean Tinguely, Günther Uecker, Jef Verheyen, Nanda Vigo, Herman de Vries
A circle of Friends of ZERO - the association "Freunde der ZERO foundation Düsseldorf e.V." - has been successfully founded in January 2010. Already over 130 active members are registered. They will be supporting the foundation’s activities. Hubertus Schoeller (email) is chairman of Friends of ZERO.
By establishing the circle of friends, the foundation aspires to bring together people who have that same passion in common – a passion for the ZERO period and its art. Members of this association will be able to become actively involved. For how could a foundation’s work succeed without committed friends?
Members will be able to attend exclusive events such as previews and visits to artist studios and collectors and to join outings to notable exhibitions at museums in Germany and its neighbours, with exclusive guided tours of the exhibitions and museum collections.
Opportunities will be offered to make personal acquaintances, for example in meeting artists, collectors and curators in personal. Friends and Patrons will receive advance notice of our planned projects and exhibitions; they will receive the regular ZERO journal and can purchase exhibition catalogues at special prices.
By purchases the Friends and Patrons can acquire significant works of the ZERO period. Thus, by way of permanent loans to the ZERO foundation, the ZERO Collection can be augmented by key works.
Board of Directors:
Hubertus Schoeller (Chairman), Karla Zerressen, Stefan G. Drzisga, Andreas Kleffel, George Lenz, Georg F. Thoma, Mattijs Visser, Jürgen Wilhelm
For further informations, please contact:
Freunde der ZERO foundation e.V.
nul=0. The Dutch Nul Group in an International Context
Exhibition catalog Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, edited by Colin Huizing, Mattijs Visser, Rotterdam 2011, ISBN 978-9-0566-2838-3
Jef Verheyen - Le peintre Flamant
Exhibition catalogue "Jef Verheyen and Friends", edited by Dirk Pörschmann, Mattijs Visser, Langen Foundation, Neuss, 11.09.2010 - 16.01.2011. With an introduction of Mattijs Visser and essays from Tiziana Caianiello, Beate Kemfert, Dirk Pörschmann, Francesca Pola, Johan Pas, Jenny Trautwein, Brussels 2010, ISBN 978-9-4611-7006-4
Der Lichtraum (Hommage à Fontana)
von Heinz Mack, Günther Uecker und Otto Piene
Exhibition catalog edited by Heike van den Valentyn, with an essay by Daniel Birnbaum and an interview by Tiziana Caianiello, published by museum kunst palast/ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf 2009.
ZERO in NY
Exhibition catalog edited by Mattijs Visser, with essays by Yves Klein, Otto, Piene, Heinz Mack, Valerie Hillings, Catherine Millet, Heike van den Valentyn, published by the ZERO foundation/Sperone Westwater, New York/Düsseldorf 2008, ISBN 978-90-76979-73-1
ZERO – Internationale Künstler-Avantgarde der 50er/60er Jahre
With essays from Bazon Brock, Tiziana Caianiello, Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Catherine Millet, Lóránd Hegyi, Valerie L. Hillings, Heike van den Valentyn, Atsuo Yamamoto, Mattijs Visser, published by Museum Kunst Palast/Hatje Cantz, Düsseldorf/Ostfildern 2006, ISBN 978-3-7757-1747-2
Mattijs Visser (Founding Director), Tiziana Caianiello, Dirk Pörschmann, Thekla Zell, Sarah Czirr, Katrin Lohe, Sophie-Marie Remig
Board of Directors:
Friderike Bagel (Chairwoman), Jürgen Wilhelm, Claus Gielisch, Harry Schmitz, Beat Wismer
Board of Trustees:
Manfred Abrahams, Friedrich G. Conzen, Dirk Elbers (Chairman), Alexander Fils, Gerhild Kocks, Anneliese Lenz, Hans-Georg Lohe, Heinz Mack, Christian Megert, Cornelia Mohrs, Otto Piene, Robert Rademacher, Hubertus Schoeller, Günther Uecker (Vice chairman)
Academic Board of Advisors:
Daniel Birnbaum (Chairman), Maria Finders, Dorothea von Hantelmann, Ronald Jones, Dieter Jung, Roger Malina, Ute Meta-Bauer, Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Christoph Türcke, Peter Weibel, Stephan von Wiese, Mark Wigley
Valerie Hillings, Anton Melissen, Andres Pardey, Johan Pas, Francesca Pola, Ulrike Schmitt
The ZERO foundation is a German cultural institute, established in December 2008, with support of Düsseldorf-based ZERO artists, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, and Museum Kunstpalast. It is funded by the state capital Düsseldorf.
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation