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Post-War Avant-Garde in Europe: Zero
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Materials, techniques and the way works are presented often serve as a key to read works of art.
In 1957, sometime after World War II, a group called ZERO initiated an avant-garde movement aiming to create new art in Dusseldorf. It broke away from established social norms and artistic traditions, and started entirely new approaches toward art from gzero point.h
Materials seen in our daily life that are unconventional for art, such as feathers, cork, coins and neon tubes, were incorporated in the works of Zero artists. No concrete representations can be found in their works. Judging from the fact that materials are placed systematically without being altered, the artistsf intentions seem to be different from those pursued in traditional art, such as a realistic rendition, or an expression of inner self.
In addition to a careful study of formal elements, figuring out a reason for an artistfs choice of a particular material will eventually reveal messages conveyed in a works of art.

Enrico Castellani, Dadamaino, Jan Henderikse, Francois Morellet, Jean Tinguely, Simone Westerwinter and more
DadamainosThe movement of thingst1995
photos: DaimlerChrysler Art Collection