ZERO foundation

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Template:COI 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 Kunst Palast. It is funded by the state capital Düsseldorf. The artists donated works as well as their archives from the ZERO period comprising photographs, correspondence, invitation cards, newspaper clippings and other documents. The initiative behind the foundation was taken by Mattijs Visser. Founding Director 2009-2017, now: Mattijs Visser.

Organisation

  • Staff: Dr. Barbara Könches, director; Dr. Tiziana Caianiello, Katrin Lohe, Laura Weber, Thekla Zell.
  • Board of Directors: Dr. Friderike Bagel, Claus Gielisch, Dr. Felix Krämer, Harry Schmitz, Professor Dr. Jürgen Wilhelm.

Collection

The foundation has important works mainly from Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, and other artists from the ZERO movement.

Past activities

The ZERO foundation was established in 2008 by the Düsseldorf ZERO artists Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker together with the Museum Kunstpalast initiated by Mattijs Visser. The mission of the ZERO foundation is to preserve, present, study, and support the work of the international ZERO movement.

For this purpose the artists donated numerous works and their archives from the ZERO period, including important documents such as photographs, correspondence, posters, invitations, press articles, and magazines. Over the last few years additional works and documents of the international ZERO avantgarde have been collected and made available to the public and international scholars through the development of exhibition projects and publications. These efforts are not only focused on the ZERO period itself (1958-1966) but also on the continuing impact of ZERO into present. The archive and library of the ZERO foundation are available for research purposes.

A unique aspect of the ZERO foundation is that the living artists are actively involved in the work of the organization. First-hand information about the ZERO period can be passed on and integrated into scholarship on the movement.


2008

Establishment of the ZERO foundation by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, and the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf


2009-2017

Mattijs Visser, first Director of the ZERO foundation


2010

Event: Light and Darkness, organised by the ZERO foundation, including Robert Wilson, Olafur Eliasson, Daniel Birnbaum, Semir Zeki, and James Turrell

Exhibition: Jef Verheyen and friends, Langen Foundation, Neuss; curated by the ZERO foundation


2011

Exhibition: nul = 0. Dutch avantgarde in an international context, 1961–1966, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam, Netherlands; in cooperation with the ZERO foundation


2012

Exhibition: ZERO auf Papier (ZERO on Paper), Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren; organised by the ZERO foundation


2013

Exhibition: ZERO Paris-Düsseldorf, Passage de Retz, Paris, France; organised by the ZERO foundation

Exhibition: ZERO in Gelsenkirchen 1963/2013 – Zurück in die Zukunft (ZERO in Gelsenkirchen 1963/2013 – Back to the Future), Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen; in cooperation with the ZERO foundation


2014

Exhibition: ZERO – Zwischen Himmel und Erde (ZERO – Between Heaven and Earth), Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen; in cooperation with the ZERO foundation

Exhibition: ZERO. Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s, Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; in cooperation with the ZERO foundation


2015

Exhibition: ZERO. Die internationale Bewegung der 50er und 60er Jahre, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; organised by the ZERO foundation

Exhibition: ZERO. Let us explore the stars, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; in cooperation with the ZERO foundation

Exhibition: ZERO, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey; curated by the ZERO foundation


2016

Exhibition: ZERO und Nouveau Réalisme. Die Befragung der Wirklichkeit, Stiftung Ahlers Pro Arte, Hannover; curated by the ZERO foundation

Exhibition: ZERO group: Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Multi Media Museum, Moscow, Russia; organised by the ZERO foundation

Exhibition: ZERO ist gut für Dich, LVR LandesMuseum Bonn; organised by the ZERO foundation


2017

Exhibition: Socle du Monde, Biennale Herning, Denmark; curated by the ZERO foundation


2018

Dr. Barbara Könches is named new Director of the ZERO foundation

Commemoration for Otto Piene’s 90th birthday

The ZERO foundation moves into the former studio building of Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, and other ZERO artists


2019

Exhibition: ZERO, Museum of Steel Art, Pohang, South Korea; curated by the ZERO foundation

Publications

2012

ZERO 4321, the first publication of the ZERO foundation on artist magazines of the ZERO movement. Published by richter|fey Verlag, Düsseldorf. ISBN 978-3-9412-6346-8


2015

ZERO. Die internationale Bewegung der 50er und 60er Jahre. Published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, Köln. ISBN 978-3-86335-696-5


2016

ZERO und Nouveau Réalisme. Die Befragung der Wirklichkeit. Published by Stiftung Ahlers Pro Arte, Hannover.

The Artist As Curator, Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent, Belgium. ISBN 978-94-9177-568-0

References

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