Works by ZERO artists Heinz Mack and Otto Piene are more than sought-after on the international market. They currently reach record prices in auctions, often far too high for young collectors. Ketterer Kunst
in Berlin now offers an affordable alternative.
Only in December 2012 did Ketterer Kunst in Munich sell an acrylic work and an aluminum relief by Heinz Mack for 232.000* and 156.000* respectively - and that with starting prices of 60.000 and 28.000. Otto Pienes acrylic work Weithin sichtbar from 1967 climbed from 5.000 to 61.000* in October 2012. Acquisitions in those fields are what new buyers can only dream of. However, they dont have to go entirely without the desired works by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene, because Ketterer Kunst now stages a sales exhibition with original prints by both ZERO artists in Berlin-Charlottenburg.
Just as many young art collectors do, Heinz Mack and Otto Piene always crossed borders and opened new frontiers. The beginning was made during their ZERO years, when they created unprecedented art by critically approaching traditions. In the end ZERO stands for the immessurable zone in which an old state passes over in a new one, said Otto Piene in 1960 when explaining the groups name and principles. The Manifest Zero der neue Idealismus (Manifesto Zero the New Idealism) brings it to the point: Zero is silence. Zero is the beginning (
With these contents, the quest for something new, something significant, the artists of ZERO are all in line with the contemporary spirit. When Piene and Mack speak of an art movement in a sense of a transformation, which is supposed to be base-, zero- and starting point for a new sensitization for the environment, they express just what many people ask for today.