ZERO IS INFINITY ZERO and Yayoi Kusama
In 1958, the artist group ZERO was founded by Heinz Mack and Otto Piene in Düsseldorf. ZERO held the intention to reset the post-war art to zero. Later, it became a driving force in promoting collaboration and solidarity between European avant-garde artists, who were left isolated by World War Ⅱ. When she was based in New York in the 1960s, Kusama participated in group ZERO-related exhibitions many times, attracting attention within the European art scene. Yayoi Kusama, who pursues “Infinity”, has various similarities in her artistic expression with that of ZERO artists, such as the repetition of motifs and the pursuit of monochrome. This exhibition introduces the ZERO movement and its works, which have not been widely presented in Japan yet, together with Kusama’s works and documentation from the 1960s. It traces the journey of avant-garde artists who overcame the wounds of war, initiating the possibility of a brand-new art through exploring two opposite poles, Zero and Infinity.
2F Gallery Installation View
Photo: © YAYOI KUSAMA FOUNDATION
3F Gallery Installation View
Photo: © YAYOI KUSAMA FOUNDATION
L: Longing for Infinite Heaven 2020
R: Narcissus Garden 1966/2020
(Installation View: YAYOI KUSAMA MUSEUM 2020)
© YAYOI KUSAMA
Enrico Castellani, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Yayoi Kusama, Adolf Luther, Heinz Mack, Piero Manzoni, Christian Megert, Jesús Rafael Soto, Henk Peeters, Otto Piene, Jan Schoonhoven, Ferdinand Spindel, Günther Uecker
Thursday, March 5 - Sunday, May 31, 2020
Thursdays to Sundays and National Holidays
Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
11:00 - 17:30
Admission Charges (including tax)
Adults: JPY1,100 Children aged 6 - 18: JPY600
*Children under age 6 are free.
*Group rates are not applicable.
①11:00 - 12:30 (Enter by 11:30)
②12:00 - 13:30 (Enter by 12:30)
③13:00 - 14:30 (Enter by 13:30)
④14:00 - 15:30 (Enter by 14:30)
⑤15:00 - 16:30 (Enter by 15:30)
⑥16:00 - 17:30 (Enter by 16:30)
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Commemorative Lecture “ZERO and Yayoi Kusama”
Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
Time: 17:00 - 18:30
Venue: Goethe-Institut Tokyo (7-5-56 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052, Japan)
*This event has been cancelled.
Goethe-Institut Tokyo, ZERO foundation
1. (From left) Jiro Yoshihara, Hans Haacke, Michio Yoshihara, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, Rotraut Klein-Moquay, Pol Bury, Lucio Fontana, Ad Peeterson (Curator of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Gianni Colombo, Mrs. Fontana, E.L.L. de Wilde (Director of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Nono Reinhold, Yayoi Kusama, George Rickey, Otto Piene, Nanda Vigo, Alfred Schmela, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker © André Morain, SAIF, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo 2020 E3595; 2. Collection of Dierking, Zurich & Landau, Frankfurt / Main, Courtesy of Dierking, Zurich & Landau, Frankfurt / Main © Estate of Ferdinand Spindel; 3. Collection of Adolf Luther Stiftung, Courtesy of Adolf Luther Stiftung © Adolf Luther, VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn & JASPAR, Tokyo 2020 E3595 Photo: Courtesy: Adolf-Luther-Stiftung, Krefeld; 4. Collection of Broadcasting System of Niigata Inc. (deposited: Niigata City Art Museum), Courtesy of Niigata City Art Museum © Fondazione Enrico Castellani; 5. © YAYOI KUSAMA; 6. SEDI 1171 - MILANO: COME PIERO MANZONI METTE IN POSA UNA MODELLA – YEAR 1961 © Istituto Luce Cinecittà Photo: © Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan; 7. Camera: Edwin Braun © Heinz Mack, VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2020 E3595