This past weekend after hibernating and eating up all the goodies and leftovers from Christmas dinner, I felt the urge to come out for fresh air and some mild cardio. The weather was surprisingly nice, it was a great weekend to be out and about. I didn’t have to go far from home to quench my artsy appetite. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is hosting an immense historical retrospective on the German artists’ group Zero (1957–66) founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene.The first of its kind in the United States.
“a zone of silence and of pure possibilities for a new beginning as the countdown when rockets take off” Otto Piene
Group ZERO began its expansion in 1961 by joining forces with artists sharing similar aesthetics and ideas from ten countries throughout Europe, Japan, North and South America.
They all aspired to transform the Art world in the aftermath of WWII.The exhibition showcases works from over 40 artists, depicting a vast collection of art created in different mediums. The works are organized in several sub-categories located throughout the museum.
The fire and smoke pieces by Otto Piene were some of my favorite. They were reminiscent of Richard Pousette-Dart geometric work. I enjoyed watching Piene’s working process, it inspired me with the idea of potentially creating art pieces of my own following his techniques.
The entire exhibition was a source of inspiration. I exited with the vision of creating art pieces using different media. A new creative way to stay busy during the new year. Normally closed on Thursdays, the museum is opening on New Year’s Day from 11 am to 6 pm to give visitors the opportunity to view ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950-60s it’s a great exhibition to help celebrate and welcome the New Year. Due to the museum’s policy on no photography, I wasn’t able to do my Art Walk in front of the camera for this post. Photos are courtesy of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.