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Friday, February 23, 2018

MAMMA presented a retrospective exhibition Zero: the art of light and nails

Multimedia Art Museum brought the exhibition of the legendary art movement Zero. Its founders — günther Uecker, Heinz Mack and Otto Pina — has provoked tectonic shifts and severe shocks in the German aesthetics of the 1960-ies. But despite the fact that some of the participants pretty old or even died, their work and cause a sensation today.

photo: Ksenia Korobeinikova

Rotating five metre drives them in geometric order nails-reflectors. The process is fascinating, tunes on meditation. Or evokes aggression, appetite for destruction. In any case, remains indifferent — and achieved “man-nail” Gunter, Uecker. He made the nails with his trademark back in the 1960s, and in 1988 brought several works with them on the first live show of the classics of modernism in the CHA.

Then Muscovites were stunned, how can you hammer nails into pieces of furniture and interior items (chairs, beds, vases), musical instruments (most spectacular is considered the piano). And Hucker went further: knitted nails with the theme of light, populating them inside the TV with the included bulbs. Then took the sand, one of the results of these experiments was a sand mill.

It was reproduced in the Museum: installation took almost 20 square meters. Scattered sand forms a circle, the center of which protrudes a mill, turns, carries on the sand ropes. Each second are formed by different lines, and the product changes depending on the viewing angle. Hucker, drew Parallels with real life where the phenomenon changes depending on the angle.

The same consideration deserve “Three blue ghosts” Otto Pina. They are actually four, but to see the last, we must try. Find the right spot, and the light will represent the light wave-like object.

That kind of focus Pina threw at the closing of the Munich Olympics in 1972. Then people move from place to place to see its 460-metre-long Olympic rainbow. He created a giant kite sculpture from the hoses, which was decorated with a garland of electric bulbs. From the ground, they lit illumination with colored filters alternately coloring design in red, blue, green, yellow and orange.

Pina took on the role of chief theoretician of the group. Wrote a Manifesto “the purity Of the light” — energy which attracted all of the participants, but only Heinz Mack studied her thoroughly. The result of his immersion became the “light columns”, some of them are on the show (from the artist). But the most popular Mac brought the glowing installation in the deserts and on the high seas.

About each of the artists — a separate conversation. After all, Zero movement lasted 10 years, each engaged in their own projects. But after half a century, it became clear how serious the “zero” idea has influenced not only contemporary art, but also our perception of the world. Now many people understand that zero is not a void, but a beginning.

Strategic partner of the Museum: MasterCard Priceless Cities.


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