Heinz Mack

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Heinz Mack was born in 1931 in Lollar in Hesse, Germany, and he lives and works in Mönchengladbach and Ibiza. He studied painting at the Staatliche Kunstakademie in Düsseldorf from 1950 to 1953. In 1956 he received a degree in philosophy at the University of Cologne. Following his studies, Mack applied himself intensively to abstract painting, developing by the mid-1950s his first “Dynamic Structures” in painting, drawing, plaster, and metal reliefs. He became well known for his contributions to light and kinetic art. In 1957 he founded the ZERO group with Otto Piene – and later Günther Uecker – and organized the now-famous evening exhibitions at his studio in Düsseldorf. In 1966, ZERO’s last group exhibition took place in Bonn. During the 1970s and 1980s Mack concentrated on creating monumental outdoor sculptures. Mack has been exhibiting internationally since 1959. Recent retrospectives have been held at the Ludwig Museum, Koblenz (2009); Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf (2011); Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn (2011); ARNDT, Berlin (2012-13); Museum Frieder Burda, Baden Baden (2015); and Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul (2016). In June 2014, Mack unveiled “The Sky Over Nine Columns,” an installation of 850,000 mosaic gold leaf tiles covering nine, seven-meters-high columns, installed on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, and traveled to Istanbul (2015-16); Valencia (2016). The work is currently installed in St. Moritz until 15 March 2017. In October 2014, the Guggenheim Museum, New York opened a large-scale historical survey of the work of the ZERO group, showcasing a diverse selection of Mack’s work. A touring exhibition of ZERO artworks was also presented at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin and traveled to the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2015). The Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul presented another exhibition of the ZERO group in 2015-16. Mack’s works can be found in numerous public and private collections worldwide, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Tate, London; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. Heinz Mack has had solo exhibitions at Sperone Westwater in 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2017.

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Heinz Mack
Kinetik movement (Lammellen-Relief), 1967
aluminum, wood
40 1/4 x 53 1/4 x 1 inches (102 x 135 x 2,5 cm)
SW 14163
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1960
synthetic resin, pigments, saw dust on press board
40 1/2 x 44 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches (102,5 x 112,5 x 8,5 cm)
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Structure Dynamique Noire, 1962
oil on canvas
43 1/8 x 50 3/4 inches (109,5 x 129 cm)
SW 10151
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Weiße Vibration, 1958-59
synthetic resin on canvas
49 1/4 x 38 5/8 inches (125 x 98 cm)
50 1/2 x 40 inches (128,3 x 101,6 cm) frame
SW 08197
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Das Klavierkonzert, 1962
polyester resin on untreated canvas
55 1/8 x 78 3/4 inches (140 x 200 cm)
55 1/2 x 79 inches (141 x 200,7 cm) frame
SW 09133
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel, 1964
acrylic on canvas
56 1/4 x 51 1/8 inches (143 x 130 cm)
56 1/2 x 51 7/8 inches (141 x 131,8 cm) frame
SW 09130
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Silber auf Schwarz, 1963
aluminum and oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 39 3/8 inches (80 x 100 cm)
SW 10260
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
The language of silverlight, 1965
aluminum on hardboard
78 3/4 x 39 3/8 x 1 1/4 inches (200 x 100 x 6 cm)
SW 14161

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Heinz Mack
Horizontales Relief, 1962
aluminum, wood
35 3/8 x 39 5/8 x 5/8 inches (90 x 100.5 x 1.5 cm)
SW 10272
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Lichtrelief, -stabile Vibration für Licht und Ton, 1963
aluminum and Plexiglas
48 x 40 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches (122 x 102 x 18 cm)
SW 10261
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Grosses Splitter-Bild I (Metamorphose I), 1966
stainless steel and glass
64 1/8 x 40 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches (163 x 103 x 12 cm)
SW 10117
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Grosses Splitter-Bild (Hommage à Arman), 1966
glass, polished glass, Plexiglass, and aluminum on wood
64 1/8 x 40 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches (163 x 103 x 12 cm)
SW 10052
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Lamellen-Relief, 1967-68
aluminum, Plexiglas, wood, stainless steel
48 1/2 x  40 1/3 x 3 1/2 inches (123 x 102,5 x 9 cm)
SW 10267
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Stele mit 9 Linsen (Stele with 9 Lenses), 1962
Plexiglas, Fresnel lenses
100 x 11 5/8 x 3 7/8 inches (254 x 29,5 x 10 cm)
plinth: 1/8 x 11 5/8 x 19 5/8 inches (0,4 x 29,5 x 50 cm)
SW 14160

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Heinz Mack
Karo-Stele, 1968
aluminum, wood
119 x 20 x 20 inches (302,3 x 50,8 x 50,8 cm)
SW 10276

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Heinz Mack
Stele mit 11 Flügeln, 1964/1997
Plexiglas, aluminum
118 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 3 7/8 inches (300 x 40 x 10 cm)
SW 10275
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Hommage à Otto Hahn, 1963
silver spray on paper
39 3/8 x 27 1/2 inches (100 x 70 cm)
43 x 31 1/4 inches (109,2 x 79,4 cm) frame
SW 10300
Private Collection

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Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1966
inkjet print on photo paper
12 5/8 x 17 7/8 inches (32 x 45,5 cm)
18 3/8 x 23 1/4 inches (46,5 x 59 cm) frame
SW 14197

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Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1968
inkjet print on photo paper
17 x 13 inches (43 x 33 cm)
21 1/4 x 17 1/4 inches (54 x 44 cm) frame
SW 14184

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Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1968
inkjet print on photo paper
18 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches (46,5 x 31 cm)
24 3/8 x 18 inches (62 x 46 cm) frame
SW 14189

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Heinz Mack
Ohne Titel (Untitled), 1968
inkjet print on photo paper
13 3/4 x 12 3/8 inches (35 x 31,5 cm)
24 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches (62 x 46 cm) frame
SW 14185

Artist exhibitions

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Heinz Mack
17 February – 25 March 2017
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Space and Matter
29 June - 31 July 2015
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Heinz Mack
From ZERO to Today, 1955-2014
10 October - 13 December 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Summer Sculpture
8 July - 15 August 2014
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Heinz Mack
Early Metal Reliefs 1957-1967
7 January - 19 February 2011
Sperone Westwater, New York
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Heinz Mack
Early Paintings 1957 – 1964
17 September – 31 October 2009
Sperone Westwater, New York
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ZERO in New York
6 November - 20 December 2008
Sperone Westwater, New York

Artist publications

Artist press

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Conversations: Heinz Mack
Interview by Stephanie Bailey
January 2015
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500 Words
by Heinz Mack with Julian Elias Bronner
5 December 2014
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The Origins and Evolution of Group Zero
By Robert C. Morgan
20 November 2014
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ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s
by Anne Doran
20 - 26 November 2014
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How the Zero Group Became One of Art History's Most Viral Movements
by Blair Asbury Brooks
5 November 2014
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Seeing The Light
Heinz Mack on "The Sky Over Nine Columns"
June-August 2014
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A Conversation with Heinz Mack
Interview by Sarah Gold and Karlyn de Jongh
November 2013
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More than ZERO: Heinz Mack
by Aimee Walleston
21 January 2011
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Big Mack Attack
By Walter Robinson
7 January 2011
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Press Kit