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  • Otto Piene, Yellow Sun, 1958.

    Otto Piene, Yellow Sun, 1958.

    Group Zero

    SMS Contemporanea (former Palazzo Delle Papesse)
    Piazza Duomo, 1-2
    July 25, 2013–August 19, 2004

    Curated by Marco Meneguzzo and Stephan von Wiese

    Just as a generation of artists in the States revolted against the expressionist ethos of action painting, in Europe art informel and tachisme engendered a host of countermovements in the late ’50s. Such painterly purpose at least was the explicit target of Group Zero, the Düsseldorf-based association of artists whose core membership included Otto Piene, Heinz Mack, and Günther Uecker. Founded in 1957, the group would, over the next decade, produce manifestos, the magazine Zero, and, of course, a steady stream of experiments in technologically juiced kinetic and environmental art. The exhibition gathers roughly ninety works to examine more closely their efforts, as well as kindred spirits in France (e.g., Klein, Soto) and Italy (Manzoni, Colombo, etc.).