Visual Play

01 December 2018 – 31 March 2019

Zero – as in zero hour – was the notion of an absolute new beginning after the end of the Second World War. Founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene in 1957 – they were joined shortly thereafter by Günther Uecker – the artists rejected the big gestures of Informalist painting and set off with further colleagues in search of new pictorial formulations. They realised such themes as light, colour, space, motion, structure and vibration in diverse ways thanks to the new material freedom of the time. Accordingly, the viewer was presented with diversified perceptual offerings. Especially Otto Piene’s “Fire Flora” attracts the viewer’s attention with its painterly depiction of light and movement. Heinz Mack, by contrast, captured delicate rhythmic structures or the optical play of metal foil on paper. They are joined in the exhibition by such national and international artists as Enrico Castellani, Gotthard Graubner, Oskar Holweck, Jef Verheyen and Herman de Vries.

Curator: Julia Nebenführ