• Heinz Mack

    Dynamische Struktur Schwarz, 1959/60
    Öl und Kunstharz auf Leinwand, 166,5 x 141,5 x 2 cm
  • Dynamische Struktur Schwarz, 1959/60
    Öl und Kunstharz auf Leinwand, 166,5 x 141,5 x 2 cm
  • Ohne Titel, 1968/2004
    Rotor/Replik, Aluminium, Edelstahl, Glas, Holz, elektrisches Zubehör, 34 x 34 x 10 cm
  • Ohne Titel, 1969
    ZERO, Edelstahl Relief, 31,5 x 41,2 x 2,3_cm
  • Ohne Titel, 1968
    Tusche mit Pinsel auf Papier, 97 x 101 cm
  • Lurex-Lux, 1964-80
    Lichtrelief / Acrylglas, 55,5 x 68,5 x 10,5 cm
  • Stille Vibration, 1959
    Kunstharz auf Nessel, 127 x 133,5 cm
  • Chromatische Konstellation, Ohne Titel
    Chromatische Konstellation, Ohne Titel, 2021 Acryl auf Leinwand 155 x 179, 5 cm
  • Heinz Mack - Chromatische Konstellation
    Heinz Mack - Chromatische Konstellation
    Heinz Mack - Chromatische Konstellation
  • Ohne Titel, 2016
    Edelstahl (poliert), Motor, 70 x 69,5 x 69 cm Motorsockel: H: 10,5 cm, Ø 30 cm
  • Heinz Mack - Chromatische Konstellation, Ohne Titel 2021, Acryl auf Leinwand, 250 x 211 cm
    Heinz Mack - Chromatische Konstellation, Ohne Titel 2021, Acryl auf Leinwand, 250 x 211 cm
    Heinz Mack - Chromatische Konstellation, Ohne Titel 2021, Acryl auf Leinwand, 250 x 211 cm
  • Farbrotation, circle dance
    Heinz Mack Farbrotation Colour circle circle dance 2021 Pastellkreide auf Büttenpapier Pastel crayon on hand-made paper 76,5 x 97 cm

Heinz Mack at ZKM Karlsruhe

16.09.2023 - 07.04.2024

The extensive exhibition of ZERO artist Heinz Mack at the ZKM Karlsruhe presents little-known works from all creative phases of the famous international artist. Some works, which have rarely been exhibited and some of which have even been lost, are now reconstructed and restaged at the ZKM. The ZKM "Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe" is a worldwide unique cultural institution, which offers all forms of art and media, up to theater and performance a renowned exhibition platform.

For decades, our gallery has worked intensively with the great German ZERO artist Heinz Mack, who played a decisive role in shaping the history of art in the post-war period. Discover a selection of first-class masterpieces that we are pleased to present to you in our gallery.

Finally, the new exhibition "Mack at the ZKM" is also about transferring the artist's problems into the 21st century, into the Anthropocene. For the preoccupation with air, water, light and sand also reflects current problems surrounding today's threatened natural resources.

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Biography - Heinz Mack

The important German Zero artist and sculptor Heinz Mack was born in Lollar, Hesse, in 1931 and attended the State Art Academy in Düsseldorf from 1950 to 1953. He is also studying philosophy at the University of Cologne. He completes both courses with state exams. In 1957 the artist founded the ZERO group in Düsseldorf together with Otto Piene, in which Günther Uecker also took part a short time later. In addition to participating in Documenta II (1959) and Documenta III (1964), Heinz Mack also represents the Federal Republic of Germany at XXXV. Venice Biennale (1970). In the same year he received a professorship in Osaka, Japan and became a full member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, of which he was a member until 1992.

Heinz Mack has been awarded important prizes, including the art prize of the city of Krefeld (1958), the Premio Marzotto Prize (1963), the 1st Prix arts plastiques of the IV. Paris Biennale (1965), the Adolf Grimme Acknowledgment Prize for the Tele-Mack Film (1970), the 1st prize of the international competition of light 79 in the Netherlands (1979), the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (1987), the Great Culture Prize of the Rhenish Savings Banks Association (1992), the Great Federal Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany as a first award in recognition of his work and his work as an ambassador of cultures (2004) and the prize of the Dortmund Cultural Foundation (2012). In addition, the artist will be honored in 2011 with the Great Cross of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany. The city of Düsseldorf awarded Mack the Jan-Wellem-Ring in 2016. In 2017 he received the Moses Mendelssohn Medal and was named Düsseldorfer des Jahres 2017 for his life's work.

His works are represented in over 150 high-quality museum and private collections worldwide. In addition, Heinz Mack's works were shown in the major retrospectives on his 80th birthday in the Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn and on his 90th birthday in the Düsseldorf Kunstpalast.

Painting has always fascinated me when it is filled with light. But painting is much more to me: it is that foreground of the infinitely deep and black space in which light and color have become inseparably one. The identity of light and color, which becomes visible in the spectrum, is the subject of my painting - it is your only subject.

Heinz Mack, 2011 ©R. Weiss / Archive Mack


Museum exhibitions (Selection)

Heinz Mack, ZKM Karlsruhe, 16.09.2023 - 07.04.2024

Heinz Mack – Mouvement et Lumière / Movement and Light, 01.03.2019 - 26.04.2019, Musée Théodore Monod d’art africain, Dakar, Senegal

Heinz Mack - Das grafische Werk, 27.01. - 17.03.2019, Stadtmuseum Siegburg

Taten des Lichts: Mack & Goethe, 04.03. - 30.09.2018, Goethe Museum, Düsseldorf

Mack - Just Light and Colour, 18.02.2016 - 17.07.2016, Sakip Sabançi Museum, Istanbul, Türkei

Apollo in meinem Atelier, MACK ungezeigte Werke, 23.10.2015 - 31.01.2016, Museum Küppersmühle, Duisburg

Das Licht meiner Farben, 11.09.2015 - 10.01.2016, Ulmer Museum, Ulm

ZERO: Heinz Mack u.a., bis 04.01.2016, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Türkei

ZERO. Countdown to Tomorrow. 1950s-60s, 05.07.2015 - 04.10.2015, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Heinz Mack, Licht Schatten, 16.05.2015 - 20.09.2015, Museum Frieder Burda, Baden-Baden

Von Arp bis Vostell - Plastiken aus der Sammlung der Nationalgalerie Berlin, bis 28.06.2015, Stadtmuseum Langenfeld, Langenfeld

ZERO. Countdown to Tomorrow. 1950s-60s, 21.03.2015 - 08.06.2015, Gropius-Bau, Berlin

Heinz Mack - Das Mappenwerk "Juan de la Cruz", 28.03.2015 - 10.05.2015, Kulturzentrum am Münster, Konstanz

Azimut/h. Continuity and the New, bis 19.01.2015, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venedig

ZERO. Countdown to Tomorrow. 1950s-60s, 10.10.2014 - 07.01.2015, Guggenheim Museum, New York

Mack. The Sky Over Nine Columns, 03.06.2014 - 23.11.2014, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venedig

Heinz Mack. Der Garten im Garten, 06.04.2014 - 24.08.2014, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum

ZERO-Zwischen Himmel und Erde, 15.05.2014 - 20.07.2014, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen

ZERO in Gelsenkirchen 1963/2013 - Zurück in die Zukunft, 22.11.2013 - 19.01.2014, Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen

SCHEINWERFER. Lichtkunst in Deutschland im 21. Jahrhundert, 16.11.2013 - 30.03.2014, Kunstmuseum Celle

ZERO entre Paris et Düsseldorf, 10.07.2013 - 18.09.2013, Passage de Retz, Paris

L´art contemporain du vitrail en Allemagne, 21.04.2012 - 30.09.2013, Centre international du Vitrail, Chartres

DYNAMO! Espace et vision dans l`art de nos jours á 2013, 10.04.2013 - 22.07.2013, Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales, Paris

ZERO auf Papier., 25.11.2012 - 17.02.2013, Leopold-Hoesch-Museum, Düren

Heinz Mack - Zwischen den Zeiten, 06.05.2012 - 29.07.2012, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund

Asche und Gold. Eine Weltreise, 28.01.2012 – 22.04.2012, MARTa Herford

Heinz Mack: Sperone Westwater, New York, 07.01.2011 - 19.02.2011: Heinz Mack at Sperone Westwater artnet Magazine (Link)

Umfangreiche Retrospektive der Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, 18.03.2011 - 10.07.2011

Parallel Ehrung im museum kunst palast Düsseldorf mit einer Ausstellung: Mack - Die Sprache meiner Hand

Sammlung Batliner - Monet bis Picasso, Dauerausstellung seit 2009, Albertina, Wien