Sign O’ the Times - Lucio Fontana, Hermann Goepfert, Jef Verheyen
30 Mar 2021 — 28 May 2021
In this exhibition, the gallery presents selected works by Lucio Fontana, Hermann Goepfert and Jef Verheyen, and explores the exceptional collaboration of the three ZERO artists.
During the 1960s, the ZERO movement made its mark right across Europe. Independently of one another, artists Fontana in Italy, Goepfert in Germany and Verheyen in Belgium had begun to postulate monochrome as a new idea in painting, together with the use of real elements, particularly light and motion, as pictorial materials. United in the idea of superseding tradition and turning towards forward-looking utopias, the avant-gardists began to link up with one another and to hold joint exhibitions. The intensive artistic exchange between Goepfert, Fontana and Verheyen culminated in 1963, in a collaborative work they exhibited in Berlin.
From an art-historical view, this collaboration, "untitled" (1963) by the three artists is undoubtedly one of the most important works of the post-war period.