Lichtraum (Light-Volume); Nr. 4, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker; Lichtraum (Hommage à Fontana), 1964; Silbermühle (Silvermill), 1964 and Weiße Lichtmühle (White Lightmill), 1964 (collective works). Weißer Dynamo (White Dynamo), 1964/89 and Silber-Rotor (Silver Rotor), 1960 (Heinz Mack). Doppelscheibenprojektor (Double-Disk Projector), 1963 and Lichtkugel (Light-orb), 1960 (Otto Piene). Lichtscheibe (Light-disk), 1964/95 (Günther Uecker), Metal, wood, drapery, Glass; Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, © VG-Bildkunst, Bonn, 2011; © Günther Uecker
Lichtraum (Light-Volume); Nr. 4, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker; Lichtraum (Hommage à Fontana), 1964; Silbermühle (Silvermill), 1964 and Weiße Lichtmühle (White Lightmill), 1964 (collective works). Weißer Dynamo (White Dynamo), 1964/89 and Silber-Rotor (Silver Rotor), 1960 (Heinz Mack). Doppelscheibenprojektor (Double-Disk Projector), 1963 and Lichtkugel (Light-orb), 1960 (Otto Piene). Lichtscheibe (Light-disk), 1964/95 (Günther Uecker), Metal, wood, drapery, Glass; Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, © VG-Bildkunst, Bonn, 2011; © Günther Uecker

ZERO foundation

ZERO

In 1958, in their Gladbacher Strasse studio in Düsseldorf, Heinz Mack and Otto Piene founded ZERO. In 1961, they were joined by Günther Uecker. In 1966, the group disbanded. ZERO designates a new artistic and to the same extent, historical departure, a zero-point at which to leave behind the received principles of art. With a new vocabulary of form and image, in which light and motion were central, ZERO and other groups that had come about at that time, along with colleagues-in-arms in Italy, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, revolutionised the art of the post-War period in Europe and far beyond. What had begun in Düsseldorf, developed in the course of barely a decade into one of the most significant avant-garde movements of the twentieth century.

ZERO-FOUNDATION

The ZERO foundation was established jointly by Düsseldorf ZERO artists Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker and the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast Foundation with financial support from Düsseldorf City Council in December, 2008. The impulse for this move came from the retrospective organised with an international outlook at Düsseldorf’s Museum Kunstpalast in 2006, ZERO. Internationale Künstler-Avantgarde der 50er/60er Jahre (ZERO. International Avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s). In establishing a ZERO foundation, the aim was to preserve, present, research and promote the achievements of the international ZERO movement.

To this end, the artists donated forty works as well as their personal archives of the ZERO years, with important records in the shape of photographs, correspondence, exhibition invitations and press matter. In the next few years, further works by and contemporary records of the international ZERO avant-garde are to be gathered and made accessible to a wide public and to international research with the aid of loans, collaborative work and the development of exhibition projects and publications. The ambit encompasses not only the ZERO period proper, but also that of the waves and ripples it made and continues to make into the present time. The Archives and the ZERO library are being built up and are already open to researchers by appointment.

It is the foundation’s good fortune, and as good as unprecedented, that the artists are able to be an active part in it, be it with advice, explanations or inspiration. In this way, information relating to the ZERO period can be passed on first-hand and enter the continuing scholarly evaluation.

Board of Trustees
Oberbürgermeister Dirk Elbers (Chair), Manfred Abrahams, Friedrich G. Conzen, Dr. Alexander Fils, Elisabeth Goldring, Gudrun Hock, Andreas Kleffel, Miriam Koch, Anneliese Lenz, Hans-Georg Lohe, Prof. Heinz Mack, Prof. Christian Megert, Robert Rademacher, Hubertus Schoeller, Prof. Günther Uecker, Stefan Wiedon

Committee
Dr. Friderike Bagel (Chair), Claus Gielisch, Harry Schmitz, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wilhelm, Beat Wismer

Further information is available from

ZERO-Foundation
Zollhof 11
40221 Düsseldorf
Germany

Phone: +49 (0)211 598059-77
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Email: info(at)zerofoundation.de

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