Final Weeks – ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s on View at the Guggenheim Museum through Jan 7


ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s
Through January 7, 2015
Described by the Wall Street Journal as “one of the most cheerful and informative shows in New York this season,” ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s
is the first large-scale survey in a United States museum dedicated to
the history of the experimental German artists’ group Zero (1957–66) and
ZERO, an international network of artists that shared the group’s
aspiration to redefine and transform art in the aftermath of World War
II. The exhibition features work by the three core members of Group
Zero—Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker—and by more than 30
artists from 10 countries who comprised the larger ZERO network,
including Lucio Fontana, Yayoi Kusama, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Jesús
Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, and herman de vries. These artists found
common cause in the desire to use novel materials drawn from everyday
life, nature, and technology and to develop innovative techniques and
formats such as room-scaled installations, kinetic artworks, and live
art actions. Focusing on the points of intersection, exchange, and
collaboration that define the ZERO artists’ shared history, the
exhibition is at once a snapshot of a specific group and a portrait of a
generation. ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s celebrates
the pioneering nature of ZERO art and the transnational vision advanced
by this network of artists during a pivotal decade.

Other current exhibitions include V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life,
the first retrospective museum exhibition dedicated to the work of
celebrated Indian modern painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde, on view through
February 11, and Wang Jianwei: Time Temple,
the first of three commission-based exhibitions realized through The
Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative at the
Guggenheim Museum, which features new work, including multimedia
installation, film, and live performance, by Beijing-based artist Wang
Jianwei, on view through February 16.

ZEROgraphy: Mapping the ZERO Network, 1957–67
Wednesday, January 7, 6:30 pm
by exhibition curator Valerie Hillings with an international panel of
scholars and fellow members of the ZERO foundation Scientific Board,
including Antoon Melissen, Francesca Pola, and Johan Pas, this program
investigates the contexts in which artists associated with the
international ZERO network emerged and operated—Belgium, Germany, Italy,
and the Netherlands—and the connections among them.

ZEROgraphy: Mapping the ZERO Network, 1957–67 is supported
in part by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York. The Guggenheim is
grateful for the research provided by the ZERO foundation.
$12, $8 members, free for students with RSVP. For tickets and more information, visit

ZERO Film Program
Friday–Tuesday, through December 30, 3 and 4 pm
In conjunction with the exhibition ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s,
this documentary film program provides an expanded view of the ZERO
network and the processes the artists employed. Screenings take place in
the New Media Theater. Free with admission. For the full schedule,

The exhibition is organized by Valerie Hillings, Curator and Manager,
Curatorial Affairs, Abu Dhabi Project, Solomon R. Guggenheim
Foundation, with Edouard Derom, Curatorial Assistant, Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum.

ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s is supported by the
exhibition’s Leadership Committee, with special thanks to The George
Economou Collection, the committee’s Founding Member, as well as to
Larry Gagosian, Axel Vervoordt Gallery, and Stefan Edlis and Gael

Additional funding is provided by Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann, the
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Anna and Gerhard Lenz, Mondriaan Fund,
The David W. Bermant Foundation, and an anonymous donor.

Support for this exhibition is also provided by Sperone Westwater;
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art; Cees and Inge de Bruin;
Sigifredo di Canossa; Patrick Derom; Yvonne and Edward Hillings;
Dominique Lévy Gallery; Nicole and Jean-Claude Marian; The Mayor
Gallery; Mnuchin Gallery; Achim Moeller, Moeller Fine Art, New York;
Robert and Irmgard Rademacher Family; David Zwirner, New York/London;
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V. Stuttgart; Walter and Nicole
Leblanc Foundation; Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany
New York; The Government of Flanders through Flanders House New York;
and Netherland-America Foundation.

Visitor Information
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museum’s landmark building. Verbal Imaging guides for select exhibitions
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December 19, 2014