ZEROgraphy: Mapping the ZERO network, 1957–67

In 1959, a group of young artists working in different countries in Western Europe came together for an exhibition in Antwerp historically known as Vision in Motion—Motion in Vision.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, United States.
From Saturday 17 January 2015 to Saturday 17 January 2015

ZEROgraphy: Mapping the ZERO network, 1957–67 image

Published by Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, NY on Wednesday 22 October 2014.
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They recognized common purpose in their rejection of the expressive mode of painting known variously as Tachisme and Art Informel and their embrace of shared artistic interests, among them monochrome painting, serial structures, movement, light, and viewer activation. Following this show, the network of artists grew, and during the 1960s its joint activities—exhibitions, publications, artworks, actions, manifestos, and other projects—unfolded in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Berlin, Düsseldorf, London, Milan, New York, Paris, and Zagreb, among other cities.

This panel investigates both some of the specific contexts in which artists associated with the international ZERO network emerged and operated—Belgium, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands—and the connections among them that constitute the larger history being interrogated in ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s. The program will be moderated by exhibition curator Valerie Hillings and will feature an international panel of scholars and ZERO foundation Scientific Board members including Antoon Melissen, Johan Pas, and Francesca Pola. A reception and exhibition viewing of ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s follows the program.

$12 general, $8 members, free for students with RSVP.

The Guggenheim is grateful for the research provided by the ZERO foundation.

This program is supported in part by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.