Featuring more than 40 artists from 10 countries, the Guggenheim museum New York presents „ZERO – Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s“. This exhibition is the first large-scale historical survey in the United States dedicated to the German artists‘ group Zero (1957–66) founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene and joined in 1961 by Günther Uecker.
Offering creative incentives beyond Germany this first nucleus widened and set the stage for a growing international network of like-minded artists from Europe, Japan, and North and South America developed labelled ZERO —including Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Piero Manzoni, Almir Mavignier, Jan Schoonhoven, and Jesús Rafael Soto. All these artists shared the aspiration to transform and redefine art in the aftermath of World War II.
The Guggenheim show now explores the experimental practices developed by this extensive ZERO network of artists, whose work anticipated aspects of Land art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. ZERO encompasses a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, works on paper, installations, and archival materials such as publications and photographic and filmic documentation.
The exhibition is organized around points of intersection, exchange, and collaboration that defined these artists’ shared history. Among the themes explored are the establishment of new definitions of painting (such as the monochrome, serial structures, and fire and smoke paintings); the introduction of movement and light as both formal and idea-based aspects of art; the use of space as subject and material; the interrogation of the relationship between nature, technology, and humankind; and the production of live actions or demonstrations.
At once a snapshot of a specific group and a portrait of a generation, the show celebrates the pioneering nature of both the art and the transnational vision advanced by the ZERO network during a pivotal decade.
Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s
17 October – 07 January
The Guggenheim Museum
ART & DESIGN FAIRS
ART BASEL 13 JUN/ 16 JUN
FRIEZE LONDON 03 OCT/ 06 OCT
FIAC PARIS17 OCT/ 20 OCT
PARIS PHOTO 07 NOV/ 10 NOV
SCOPE MIAMI 03 DEC/ 08 DEC
DESIGN MIAMI 04 DEC/ 08 DEC
ART BASEL MIAMI 05 DEC/ 08 DEC