Heinz Mack

Together with Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, Heinz Mack brought a breath of fresh air to the art scene through the artist group ZERO from the end of the 1950s onwards. He made light his central artistic theme, which he explored in countless sculptures, graphics, and pictures as well as in the design of public spaces during his more than 50-year career. Mack particularly appreciates the inner logic and discipline of graphic art and describes it as the "language of his hand".

Mack, born in 1931, is a multiple documenta participant, represented Germany at the 1970 Venice Biennale and is a recipient of the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. His works are represented in well over 100 collections, and renowned art houses worldwide regularly show his work.

The initial spark for Mack's exploration of light is a coincidence. He stepped on a piece of metal foil lying on a carpet. The step left behind a pattern that swayed dynamically in the light. Mack transformed light into his medium, experimenting with it in spatial installations, objects, sculptures, and on canvases. He places legendary light installations in the Sahara and thus became a pioneer of Land Art. Through his experiments, he anticipated what artists like Olafur Eliasson successfully do today. With scientific curiosity, he uses reflections and materials such as metal mesh or aluminium. "I love colour as a medium in which light is expressed. It's so beautiful that we live in a colourful world" (Heinz Mack).

The Italian avant-garde artist Lucio Fontana said in 1964 about the work of Heinz Mack: "The quality of light to be pure continuity is the problem Heinz Mack develops in his work. It is his intention to simplify the visible. He reduces it to what constitutes its essence. His goal is to represent not the optical-visual shape within a merely aesthetic order, but the unmediated idea, which has the merit of being pure information."

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