HEINZ MACK: LIGHT SHADOW
May 16 – September 20, 2015
The major summer exhibition 2015 shows the reliefs of Heinz Mack (born in 1931), which were central to his plastic-sculptural work. In 1958, along with Otto Piene, Mack founded the group ZERO, which was joined shortly afterward by Günther Uecker. The artist, who has taken part in documenta on numerous occasions, most recently came to prominence though the big ZERO exhibition in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The central artistic motif of his diverse oeuvre is the portrayal of light in its various manifestations.
Indeed, it is through his non-realistic sculptures and, especially, his reliefs, that Heinz Mack finds his way to his own specific light design. Not only does he work with light and shade, he also makes use of different, mainly glossy materials to explore the effects of light.
It was in the late 1950s that Mack began working on reliefs and he has continued ever since, using the most diverse materials and techniques. His works range from small, pocket-sized formats to extensive fields, which he draws in the desert sands. Hence, Mack is one of the proponents of “Land Art”, which has established itself since the late 1960s, when it emerged as a reaction to the expansion of our horizons through space travel.
Through the plastic structure of his surfaces and the varying light-responsiveness of his selected materials, light is reflected, absorbed and scattered. This results in sculptures of impressive clarity and surprising vibrancy. The exhibition shows works from all the artist’s creative phases and was developed in close cooperation with Heinz Mack.
October 3, 2015 – January 24, 2016
Andreas Gursky (born 1955) is one of the world’s most important contemporary photographers. With his colour photography, he creates an impressive world of images which he often refines and arranges through image processing.
In the process, Gursky’s works also bear pictorial testimony to his decades of travel around the globe. From ancient sites and topical scenes of current social and political events to fictitiously arranged fantasy worlds, his pictures always turn out to be sensitive and pensive reflections on our zeitgeist and the state of our world: Cairo and the Great Pyramid, doomed island worlds off Dubai, Prada shops and race tracks, production facilities and rubbish dumps, mass spectacles in Berlin and the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, the stock markets in Chicago and Kuwait, museums as places of reflection and comic superheroes used to imagine future worlds.
The exhibition in the Museum Frieder Burda combines older, iconic works by Andreas Gursky with his latest, as yet partly unpublished, pictorial inventions. This presentation opens up a panorama rich in images which, on the one hand, acutely analyses our complex reality and, on the other, expresses great pleasure in the regarding and discovering of pictures. The exhibition, curated by Udo Kittelmann, director of the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, is being developed in close co-operation with the artist.