Exhibition, 30 Sep 2022 - 12 Feb 2023

Far from the void. ZERO and postwar art in Europe

IVAM Institut Valencià d'Art Modern, Valencia, Spain

The exhibition Far from the void. ZERO and postwar art in Europe offers a review of the groups of artists that overcame the post-war aesthetic and the existential atmosphere by rejecting expressionist painting, materic gestural abstraction and the informalism that dominated the art world after the Second World War. The contributions of the young artists gathered together in the exhibition were central to the “big bang” of art in the decade of the 1960s. Reflecting on ZERO and the contemporary groups that shared this spirit and formed a dense network of contacts, exhibitions, publications and events (among others, Azimut, Nul, Gruppo T, Gruppo N, Equipo 57, Nove Tendencije), the exhibition displays “congregations” of artists who operated without a unified belief or intellectual leader, but who shared the ambition of “starting from zero” for a new way of making and enjoying art., The structure of the exhibition does not have an encyclopaedic outlook, but gathers the most relevant moments of this brief history, set between 1957 and 1966, during which time there is a cartography of the old continent, beyond the big cities, in the provinces of Central Europe.
The exhibition gathers together over one hundred works from more than thirty artists (Mack, Piene, Uecker, Manzoni, Castellani, Klein, Tinguely, Fontana, Dadamaino, Grazia Varisco, Nanda Vigo, Megert, Peeters, Haacke, Verheyen, Schoonhoven, Daniel Spoerri, and many others), as well as numerous documents and archives. The exhibition catalogue has been conceived as a compilation of original sources (texts from the artists, exhibits, etc.), in dialogue with the images of the exhibited works and a selection of the most relevant documents.