Dirk Pörschmann, Mattijs Visser
Richter/Frey Verlag, Düsseldorf, 2012
The first two ZERO magazines published 1958 by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene in Düsseldorf became a manifesto that signaled an artistic new orientation for postwar artists. At a time in which people dream of astronomic and cosmonautic adventures, the Zero artists – as Otto Piene saw it – were interested in light, the elements, fire, air currents, the unlimited possibilities for designing a better, light-infused world in which technology and nature are reconciled.
Because of the large positive resonance in the art world, Mack and Piene conceived of a third, 300-page edition, which was published on July 5th 1961, parallel to a spectacular action at Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf.
The three issues of the ZERO magazine, out of print for three decades, will be reprinted by the Zero Foundation Düsseldorf and accompanied by a fourth volume containing the results of a research project and a, till now, unpublished text by Udo Kultermann, as well as photographs of a contemporary witness, Manfred Tischer.