The fourth exhibition in the series on the modern art collection of KMSKA showed a selection of works that marked a radical change of direction in artistic production and in the museum's collection policy.
After WWII a number of progressive art movements across Europe were looking to make a new start; a start out of nothing. In Germany, Otto Piene, Heinz Mack and Günther Uecker formed the ZERO group. In France, there were the Nouveaux Réalistes – including Arman – and the experimental Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel. In Italy, Lucio Fontana was creating work based on his notions of Spatialism.
Radical change of direction
It was not long before Antwerp registered prominently on the radar of these international avant-garde movements. Between 1958 and 1962, the group of artists known as G58 displayed work in numerous exhibitions and events in the city. During that same period, KMSKA purchased work by Piene, Arman and Fontana, alongside creations by Paul Van Hoeydonck and Walter Leblanc. These artists changed viewers' perception by incorporating everyday materials and exploiting environmental and lighting effects. In the late 1970s, the museum's altered acquisitions policy resulted in exhibitions on, among others, ZERO and G58. With The MODERNS. Avant-garde, KMSKA is revisiting a selection of the work that marked such a radical shift in artistic production and in the museum's approach to building the collection.
This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Province of Antwerp.