The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Thursday, April 19, 2018

First exhibition devoted emphatically to Heinz Mack's relationship with Berlin opens at Arndt
The exhibition formulates a homage of the artist, Heinz Mack, to Berlin where, starting with his earliest artistic work, he has left his mark in all artistic genres in galleries, private and public collections through to his numerous sculptures in public places.

BERLIN.- With Heinz Mack in Berlin — Works 1958-2012, ARNDT presents the hitherto most comprehensive show of works since his retrospective in the Pergamon Museum in 2006. This show of one of the most important living German painters and sculptors marks the official start of a collaboration between Heinz Mack and Matthias Arndt.

On show are main works from all periods, starting with the canvas Black & White, 1958 already exhibited in 1960 at the Galerie Schmela, along with museum works from the ZERO period, such as White Relief, 1959, the kinetic rotor-work, Prism Whirl, 1960 (Denise René Gallery, New York) and the Cabinet of Light Treasures, 1964. In an exhibition covering almost five hundred square metres, a total of forty reliefs, paintings, sculptures, kinetic works and works on paper from 1958 up to the most recent paintings and reliefs made this year are shown.

The exhibition formulates a homage of the artist, Heinz Mack, to Berlin where, starting with his earliest artistic work, he has left his mark in all artistic genres in galleries, private and public collections through to his numerous sculptures in public places. This is the first exhibition devoted emphatically to Heinz Mack's relationship with Berlin.

"The exhibition’s central concern is not only to show Heinz Mack as the innovative and tirelessly working artist that he is, who has inspired several generations of artists up to current work in art. In addition, for me personally, I am impressed above all by the spirituality of Heinz Mack's entire oeuvre and the optimism it radiates." (Matthias Arndt)

For decades, Heinz Mack continually prescribed for himself the task of researching and representing light in its cosmic dimension. Since the 1960s he has been regarded as one of the pioneering artists for the development of OP art and kinetic art in Germany, whose achievements and international impact are only now being more closely investigated. With numerous museum exhibitions and retrospectives, Heinz Mack's work was comprehensively presented last year on the artist's 80th birthday, making the influence of his creative work on younger generations of artists clearly recognizable.

In his artistic approach, Mack is a humanist who seeks to study and grasp the world in all its facets. He quotes poetry and philosophy as sources for his research, along with the natural sciences and technology. With all means and in all conceivable ways, for decades and up to the present day, the artist tries to enrich and present his knowledge about what light is. However, with Mack, it is by no means simply a matter of the transfer or communication of deeper insights and meanings that are interwoven with the visibility of things. Rather, he places great importance on presenting the sensuous power and limitless radiation of light as a spiritual energy transcending space, but realizing itself in space, dissolving distances. His conception of light is thus a dialectical one in that he always incorporates shadow as counterweight in his aesthetic reflections.

Heinz Mack’s extraordinary oeuvre includes monumental commissions for outdoor spaces and the design of public places and spaces. Many of them have been realized in Berlin, including the Light Columns before the Europacenter, the Column Arcades and the Bronze Obelisk on Henriettenplatz, as well as the Piazzetta at the Cultural Forum.

Born in 1931 in Hessian Lollar, Heinz Mack studied from 1950 to 1953 at the Düsseldorf State Academy of Art and in addition completed studies in philosophy at the University of Cologne in 1956. Together with Otto Piene, in 1957 he founded the ZERO group in Düsseldorf. He took part in documenta II and documenta III in Kassel. Apart from stays in New York, working and film expeditions to the Algerian desert and to the Arctic, he was appointed in 1970 to a teaching position in Osaka, Japan, and became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts, to which he belonged until 1992. At the 35th Biennale in Venice he represented the Federal Republic of Germany (along with Uecker, Pfahler and Lenk). In 2004 Mack was awarded the Grand Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as First Distinction in recognition of his work and his impact as a cultural ambassador. In 2011 Mack was honoured with the Grand Order of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Up to the present day, Mack's works have been shown in almost 300 solo exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions. His works are represented in 136 public collections, including in Berlin at the Nationalgalerie, the Kupferstichkabinett and the Berlinische Galerie. Numerous books and catalogues as well as two films document his artistic work. Heinz Mack lives and works in Mönchengladbach and on Ibiza.

Today's News

October 27, 2012

Archaeologists in Guatemala excavate Mayan ruler's tomb built between 700 and 400 B.C.

Dallas Museum of Art discovers George Inness painting "In the Woods" in the Collection

Christie's to offer Franz Kline's most important work ever presented at auction

Looters strip Bulgaria of ancient treasures; Powerless to prevent the rape of its sites

Exhibition of new works by the inimitable American artist Red Grooms opens at Marlborough

Behind, Before and Around Portraiture" on view at Tatiana Kourochkina Contemporary Art Project

Sotheby's London to sell Portrait of Kate Perugini, Daughter of Charles Dickens, by Sir John Everett Millais

Christie's launches '90s to Now', a new concept of sale dedicated to art created from 1990 to the present

Phillips de Pury & Company announces highlights from its London November Photographs Auction

UBS Wealth Management Director Doug Woodham appointed President of Christie's Americas

Art Gallery of South Australia announces that artist Trevor Nickolls has died at age 63

First exhibition devoted emphatically to Heinz Mack's relationship with Berlin opens at Arndt

The Whitney presents a major retrospective of the art of Richard Artschwager

Smithsonian launches Global Marine Biodiversity Project with $10 million donation

Massive, iconic Civil War flag on display at the New York State Museum

Rare Gustav Klimt monograph sets auction record at Swann Galleries

China wants to stop profiteering at temple sites

Vast Broadway costume collection on display in Florida

Museum debuts epic exhibit that expands the definition of Western American art

Spain's 2012 Prince of Asturias awards handed out; Architect Rafael Moneo honored in the arts category

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- John Surtees' one-owner 1957 BMW 507 to be offered for the first time at Bonhams Festival of Speed sale

2.- Antiques looted in Libya by IS sold in Spain, two experts arrested

3.- The world's oldest bridge to be preserved by the British Museum's Iraq Scheme

4.- Exquisite jewels dazzle in historic Cartier exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia

5.- Now showing in US cinemas: "Hitler VS Picasso and The Others" directed by Claudio Poli

6.- New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art returns stolen idols to Nepal

7.- Glasgow starts a year of celebration as Charles Rennie Mackintosh exhibition opens

8.- Very rare Qing Dynasty bowl sells for $30.4 million

9.- Gardner Museum publishes "Stolen" book about 13 works in 1990 theft

10.- Royal Ontario Museum announces appointment of Curator, Islamic Art & Culture

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful