ZERO refers to an artistic and at the same time historic new beginning which leaves inherited principles of art behind. With a new formal and visual language at whose center stood light and movement, ZERO revolutionized the art of the postwar era. This tendency, launched in Düsseldorf, evolved to become one of most important forces in 20th century art.
In 2008, the founders of ZERO in Düsseldorf – Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker – established the ZERO Foundation. They have received support from the Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast and the regional capital of Düsseldorf. The objective of the ZERO Foundation is to preserve, research, promote, and present the work of the international avant-garde movement. To fulfill this purpose, the ZERO artists have donated numerous works as well as archival materials in the form of photographs, correspondence, catalogs, invitations, and press materials.
For the foundation, the active engagement of the founders of ZERO in Düsseldorf is a godsend – it means the direct acquisition of indispensable information and its direct application in scholarly research into one of the most important avant-garde movements of the 20th century.
The ZERO archive and library are open by appointment.