Berlin show honors pioneering ZERO movement of 50s and 60s

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Posted: Mar 20, 2015 10:15 AM
Berlin show honors pioneering ZERO movement of 50s and 60s

BERLIN (AP) — Berlin is honoring the German-born ZERO movement, which sought to give a new optimism and a fresh start to art after the gloomy post-World War II years.

A major retrospective at Berlin's Martin-Gropius-Bau museum, which opens to the public Saturday, is bringing together 200 works from 1957 to 1967.

It features work from artists such as co-founders Heinz Mack and Otto Piene as well as Jean Tinguely, Lucio Fontana and Jef Verheyen.

The ZERO artists sought to overcome the pessimism of the postwar period and embrace technical progress, experimenting with light, high-tech materials and motion.

The 84-year-old Mack said Friday that the movement sprang from a period in which "our surroundings were very ugly — they consisted only of rubble, gray and dirt."