The Zero art movement arrived in mid-’50s Dusseldorf, Germany, with a modus operandi of rejecting the past and starting from scratch.
Zero artists cut and burned canvasses. They hammered nails into household appliances, all in the pursuit of something new. It lasted into the ’60s, as a response to abstract expressionism, and the colour and emotion that movement’s artists propagated. Zero was optimistic, open, collaborative and irreverent.
Mona’s ZERO exhibition features all the key exponents of the mid-century art movement, as well as related figures such as Marcel Duchamp and Yves Klein, some of whom have never had work shown in Australia.
Zero was all about rejecting the past and starting from scratch and the work that resulted from those ideas is precisely the angular, odd and striking stuff we’ve come to expect from Mona.
Although not part of ZERO, there are also brand new works at Mona from James Turrell, Cameron Robbins, Charles Ross, and Fabien Giraud and Raphael Siboni.
ZERO is at Mona from June 9, 2018 to April 22, 2019.