• “Zero”

    Pinacoteca do Estado / Estação Pinacoteca
    Praça da Luz, 2
    April 3–June 15, 2014

    Curated by Heike van den Valentyn

    This exhibition is the first in Brazil to showcase work by the Düsseldorf-based Group Zero, a movement founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene in 1958 and later joined by Günther Uecker. The initial trio expanded to become a loosely knit circle of international collaborators who explored changing notions of the material and immaterial through the use of natural elements, including fire and air, and recourse to technological developments such as television. The works on view will include Lucio Fontana and Yves Klein’s challenges to painting’s conventional support and Piene’s electric-light and shadow displays; these will accompany pieces by South American practitioners such as Almir Mavignier, who directly collaborated with Zero, and by other figures from the continent whose art formally approximates Zero’s concerns. Arriving in São Paulo after stops in two other regional centers in Brazil, the exhibition will offer a welcome opportunity to assess the continuities and discontinuities in transnational trends of the postwar period.