Beatrix Ruf, director of the Stedelijk Museum, says, “I’m extremely proud that this experimental network is so closely connected with the history of the Stedelijk Museum and that, through this unique research project, we are able to see and appreciate our remarkable collection of ZERO artworks from a deeper, richer perspective.”
Fire, light, movement, space, demonstrations and performances: an historic survey of the innovative avant-garde group ZERO. With work by herman de vries, Armando, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, Jan Henderikse, Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Jean Tinguely, Yayoi Kusama, Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, Günther Uecker and others. The Stedelijk plays a key role in the history of the ZERO movement. In 1962, when the network was barely two years old, the museum offered the fresh, playful, adventurous, and gently subversive artists a platform for their radical artistic strategies. And in 1965, shortly before the network disbanded, the Stedelijk mounted a large survey of its work, this time highlighting figures from the Japanese Gutai movement, alongside the largely European contingent. The Stedelijk Museum owns 75 ZERO artworks and unique archival material originating from both exhibitions.