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Günther Uecker, Fahne ZERO (Entwurf), 2006

60,6 x 43,2 cm, pencil and water color on paper, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf, Invent.-No. mkp.ZERO.2019.01, photo: Dirk Pörschmann/ZERO foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Event „ZERO: Edition, Exposition, Demonstration“, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, 1961

Inv.-No.: mkp. ZERO.1.V.201, Holdings Heinz Mack, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf. Foto: Paul Brandenburg.

The event „ZERO: Edition, Exposition, Demonstration“ was organised by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf, and presented the third issue of the magazine “ZERO”. From then on, Günther Uecker belonged to the “inner circle” of the movement.

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Cover „ZERO“, no. 3, 1961

Inv.-No.: mkp.ZERO.1.VII.144, Holdings Heinz Mack, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf.

The third and last issue of the magazine “ZERO” (edited by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene) was presented at the event „ZERO: Edition, Exposition, Demonstration“ at the Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf. This issue contains the contributions of over thirty artists from ten different countries. Thus, it provides an excellent overview of the international ZERO movement.

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ZERO Demonstration on the Rheinwiesen, Düsseldorf, 1962, sequence from the tv film: „0 x 0 = kunst: maler ohne farbe und pinsel“ by Gerd Winkler, Hessischer Rundfunk, first broadcast on 27 June 1962. The ZERO Demonstration took place on 17 May 1962.

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Exhibition „Zero: Mack, Piene, Uecker“, Howard Wise Gallery, New York, 1964

Inv.-No: mkp.ZERO.1.V.70, early legacy of Heinz Mack, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf. Photo: Heinz Mack.

The invitation to the United States, together with the exhibition at the McRoberts Tunnard Gallery in London and the participation at the Documenta 3 within the same year, was the highlight of the cooperation between Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker.

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Günther Uecker, Lichtplantage, 1966/2016

300 x 325 x 325 cm, metal, light tubes, timer, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf, Invent.-No. mkp.ZERO.2008.63, photo: Jürgen Vogel / LVR-LandesMuseum Bonn

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Short ZERO biography of Günther Uecker

Günther Uecker was born on 13 March 1930 in Wendorf and lives and works in Düsseldorf. After his studies of applied arts in Wismar and later also in Berlin/Weißensee, Uecker moved to the Federal Republic of Germany in 1953. From 1955 to 1957, he studied at the Kunstakademie (Academy of Arts) Düsseldorf, where he later worked at as a professor from 1974 to 1995. In 1958, Günther Uecker participated in the seventh “Abendausstellung” (evening exhibition), organised by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene at Gladbacher Straße 69 in Düsseldorf and called “Das rote Bild” (The red picture). In 1961, he was substantially involved in the organisation of the event “ZERO: Edition, Exposition, Demonstration” at Galerie Schmela in Düsseldorf. The reason for this event was the publication of the third issue of the magazine “ZERO”, edited by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene. Afterwards, Uecker, together with Mack and Piene, formed the inner circle of the international art movement ZERO. Uecker’s artistic work extends from painting to object and installation art, from stage design to performance and art in exterior spaces.

Cf. Uecker, exh.-cat. Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen , Düsseldorf 2015.

Photo: Maren Heyne

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Invitation 7th evening exhibition “Das rote Bild” (The red picture), 1958

Gladbacher Str. 69, Düsseldorf. Inv.-No: mkp.ZERO.1.VII.55, early legacy of Heinz Mack, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf.

The seventh evening exhibition consisted exclusively of works that had red as their dominating colour. For this exhibition, the first issue of "ZERO" magazine was published by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene.

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Poster promoting the exhibition „Vision in Motion – Motion in Vision“, 1959

Hessenhuis, Antwerpen. Inv.-No: mkp.ZERO.1.VII.33, early legacy of Heinz Mack, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf.

The exhibition did not have a title at first, but was later named after the catalogue text „Vision in Motion - Motion in Vision“ by Marc Callewaert. Even though his name was not shown on the poster, Günther Uecker also participated in this exhibition.

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Exhibition „Forum 62“,, 1962

St. Pietersabdij, Gent. Inv.-No: mkp.ZERO.1.V.52, early legacy of Heinz Mack, ZERO foundation, Düsseldorf. Photo: Heinz Mack.

The exhibition was divided into two parts: "Confrontation", which included works of artists of different backgrounds, and "ZERO". The special feature of the ZERO-part was that the works were placed freely in the room with the help of stands, instead of being hung up on a wall.