ZERO. Countdown to the Future

With the generous support of Akbank Sanat, S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum is welcoming the  dynamic and revolutionary spirit of ZERO, the biggest international art network of the 20th   century, with the “ZERO. Countdown to the Future” exhibition. Born as a response to the devastation and pessimism in the aftermath of World War II, the ZERO movement came into   being in Düsseldorf in 1957. It began when a handful of young artists were unable to find a gallery to exhibit their works in an art world repressed by war. German artists Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, who combined their art production with their education in philosophy, set out from the principle that “art must start from zero” and dreamed of a “ZERO area” that would   be the foundation for all kinds of new beginnings. When Günther Uecker joined them a few years later, this shared vision generated an astounding creative energy that reverberated around the world.  

The extensive exhibition at S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum focuses on the ZERO movement,   which brought down borders and was adopted internationally by artists from all over the   world during its active period in the 1950s and 60s, bringing together over 100 works by the founders of the movement Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, along with the works of Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni and Lucio Fontana. The exhibition, curated by the Founding Director of the ZERO Foundation Mattijs Visser, provides an exhilarating representation of the art movement through such core themes as Time, Space, Structure, Light, Fire, Color, Shadow and Vibration, chronicling the lateral effects of the movement from its inception to today.


“ZERO. Countdown to the Future” is introducing the ZERO movement to art enthusiasts in Turkey through an extensive selection of works in which nature and technology interact in novel ways, produced by a group of artists brought together by their unshakeable belief in the future. “ZERO. Countdown to the Future” instills the galleries of S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum with an atmosphere of energy and force, accompanied by numerous symposia, conferences, film screenings, children’s workshops and an audioguide, along with an extensive exhibition catalogue. The ZERO exhibition is open to visit through September 2, 2015 – January 10, 2016 at S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum.

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Lucio Fontana (1899 - 1968) Concetto Spaziale, 1957 - 58 Spatial Concept, 1957 - 58 Incisions on paper canvas 97 x 130 cm Private Collection, London

Günther Uecker (1930 - ) Korkenbild II, 1960 Cork Image II, 1960 Cork and synthetic resin on canvas 100 x 100 cm Rira Collection

Piero Manzoni (1933 – 1963) Achrome, 1959-62 Cotton wool on wood 92 x 73 x 12 cm Private Collection

Heinz Mack (1931 -) Dynamische Struktur (Schwarz auf weiß), 1962 Dynamic Structure (Black on White), 1962 Synthetic resin on nettle cloth 130 x 120 cm Studio Mack

Lucio Fontana (1899 – 1968) Concetto Spaziale, Natura, 1959-60 Spatial Concept, Nature 1959-60 Bronze Ø 66 cm Rira Collection

Lucio Fontana (1899 - 1968) Concetto Spaziale, 1960 - 61 Spatial Concept, 1960-61 Oil and watercolor on perforated canvas 85 x 70 cm Rira Collection

Otto Piene (1928 - 2014) Due Onde Nell’Oscurita, 1963 Two Waves in the Darkness, 1963 Oil and soot on canvas 100 x 100 cm Schaub Collection, Landshut

Otto Piene (1928 - 2014) Feuerblume, 1965 Fireflower, 1965 Oil, pigment and soot on canvas 99.5 x 99.5 cm Kunstmuseum Bonn

Otto Piene (1928 - 2014) Inflatables, 2014 Fabric Various dimensions Private Collection

Günther Uecker (1930 -) Kosmische Vision/Lichtscheibe, 1961-81 Cosmic Vision/Lightdisk, 1961-81 Nails on canvas on wood, sprayed, electric motor, floodlight 225 x 175 x 38 cm Private Collection

Heinz Mack (1931 -) Licht Steles, 1964 – 2014 Light Steles, 1964 – 2014 Plexiglass, aluminum Installation: Martin-Gropius-Bau Berlin 2015

Yves Klein (1928 - 1962) California (IKB 69), 1961 Dry pigment and synthetic resin on gauze mounted on panel 194.5 x 140 cm Private Collection

Heinz Mack (1931 -) The Sky Over Nine Columns, 2012-14 850.000 tessarae (mosaic stones, 24 ct. gold leaf) on a construction of composite and platform in steel 750 x 125 x 125 cm Private Collection, Germany Courtesy of Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art