- Untitled, 2012
- Transparency and Radiance, 2009
- Partita for Colors (Chromatic Constellation), 2007
- Blue Light Column, 2002
- Open Bronze Cube, 2001
- The Painter’s Garden (Chromatic Constellation), 2001
- Untitled, 1977
- Veil of Light, 1964
- Mirror-Rotation, 1960/2014
- Untitled, 1959
- Relief, 1983/2010
- Relief, 1984
- Marmor, 2017
- Chromatische Konstellation, 2016
- Chromatische Konstellation, 2005
- Keramik, 1997
- The Sky Over Nine Columns, CAC Valencia, 2016
Throughout his career, Heinz Mack (Lollar, Germany, 1931) has continuously carved a pioneering artistic production marked by investigations on light, temporality and movement, which have taken the form of major installations, as well as sculptures, paintings and works on paper. Mack began his career in the 1950s, famously founding the Group ZERO (1957-1966) alongside Otto Piene in 1957, later also joining forces with Gunther Uecker in 1961, with the aim of creating a space devoid of pre-existing structures for new possibilities and beginnings to emerge. Mack was also in close contact with artist Yves Klein, with whom he developed a great friendship and collaborated on numerous occasions, and who introduced him to Jean Tinguely, discovering a universe of experimentations that informed his own search for aesthetic purity, striving for an essential, unmediated work. Mack notably wrote, "The goal is to achieve pure, grand, objective clarity, free of romantic, arbitrarily individual expression. In my work I explore and strive for structural phenomena, whose strict logic I interrupt or expand by means of aleatoric interventions, that is, chance events."
Heinz Mack's oeuvre is characterized by disruptive engagements with light, and ways in which it affects and is affected by movement, space, and color. With this idea forming the core of his practice, the artist has rigorously and shrewdly developed a multi-faceted body of work that has recurrently opened new horizons for the realm of art.
selected solo exhibitions
Taten Des Lichts: Mack & Goethe, Goethe-Museum, Düsseldorf, Germany (2018)
Heinz Mack – From Time to Time. Painting and Sculpture, 1994-2016, Palais SchönbornBatthyány, Vienna, Austria (2016)
Mack – Just Light and Color, Sakip Sabanci Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2016)
Heinz Mack – The light of my colors, Museum Ulm, Ulm, Germany (2015)
Mack – The Language of My Hand, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany (2011)
Heinz Mack – Licht der ZERO-Zeit, Ludwig Museum im Deutschherrenhaus, Koblenz, Germany (2009)
selected group exhibitions
The Sky as Studio – Yves Klein and his contemporaries, Centre Pompidou, Metz, France (2021)
Visual Play, Wilhelm Hack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (2018)
New Beginnings: Between Gesture and Geometry, The George Economou Collection, Athens, Greece (2016)
Facing the Future. Art in Europe, 1945-68, Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels, Belgium (2016)
ZERO: Let Us Explore the Stars, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2015)
ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950’s-60’s, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New
York, USA (2015)
35th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (1970)
selected institutional collections
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, USA
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC, USA
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Tate, London, UK
energy fields: fractal flowsnara roesler curatorial nucleus and luis pérez-oramas 20.8 - 27.9.2022Nara Roesler São Paulo is pleased to announce Fields of Energy: Fractal Flows, a collective exhibition organized by the gallery ‘s core curatorial team and...
paragoldheinz mack, curated by matthieu poirier 2.9 - 30.10.2021Nara Roesler São Paulo is proud to announce Paragold, a solo exhibition by Heinz Mack (b. 1931, Lollar, Germany) marking the artist’s first solo presentation...
structures of energyheinz mack 28.10.2022The German artist Heinz Mack is the protagonist of the solo exhibition Strutture di Energia | Structures of Energy , at Galeria Cortesi. The...
vibration of lightheinz mack 22.4.2022As part of the official program of exhibitions taking place alongside the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia , the Biblioteca Nazionale...