New exhibition at the S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum

New exhibition at the S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum:
‘MACK. Just Light and Colour’ opens on February 18

S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum is preparing to host the leading artist of German modernism, Heinz Mack, with an exhibition showcasing the artist’s long and prolific career with over a hundred works. 

The exhibition titled ‘MACK. Just Light and Colour’, made possible with the main sponsorship of Tahincioğlu, focuses on the significant oeuvre of German artist Heinz Mack, who is notably among the founders of the mid-20th century avant-garde art network, the ZERO movement. The exhibition, encompassing the artist's formative earlier works that informed the revolutionary philosophy of the ZERO movement, brings together paintings, monumental sculptures and kinetic works produced throughout the artist’s long career.
The exhibition includes open-air installations Mack designed during his artistic explorations in the Sahara Desert regarding light and colour in nature, reliefs and sculptures produced in a myriad of materials, as well as the artist’s large canvases titled ‘Chromatic Constellations’. As part of the extensive exhibition, a significant portion of Sakıp Sabancı Museum galleries have been transformed into a unique site embodying the artist’s leading explorations into Land Art, which were inspired by his visits to the Sahara Desert and North Pole in the 1960s. The exhibition site, shaped around desert and light themes, will offer art enthusiasts a unique art experience. 

Realized under the curatorship of S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum Director Dr. Nazan Ölçer and art historian and former Exhibitions Secretary of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, Sir Norman Rosenthal, the exhibition notably marks the 85th birthday and 60th year of Heinz Mack’s career with a series of exhibitions taking place in the Far East, Europe and Turkey.

‘MACK. Just Light and Colour’ takes place under the patronage of Foreign Minister of Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who also contributed to the exhibition catalogue with a foreword. Foreign Minister Steinmeier expressed his gladness that Sakıp Sabancı Museum is introducing notable art movements and artists to Turkey with an exhibition program starting with ‘ZERO. Countdown to the Future’ in 2015 and ‘MACK. Just Light and Colour’ in 2016. Dr. Steinmeier underscored the importance of international dialogue with regards to the development of a ‘global reason’, expressing his views on the art of Heinz Mack saying ‘Heinz seeks to create points of contact, to engage people in conversation, to understand and to think, in order to ultimately create anew. Heinz Mack symbolizes this very “global reason”.’

S.U. Sakıp Sabancı Museum Director Dr. Nazan Ölçer summarized the inception of the exhibition stating that the focal point is light and colour as two vital themes Mack has revisited repatedly throughout his career, bringing together paintings inspired by the Mediterranean sun, along with kinetic works exploring ‘movement’, which the artist never abandoned as a concept. Dr. Nazan Ölçer said, ‘I am extremely glad to introduce Heinz Mack, the artist and the sage, with art enthusiasts through his long career and unique artistic output. As the Sakıp Sabancı Museum, we are thrilled that this exhibition, marking the artist’s 60-year career, takes place in Turkey, the intersection of Eastern and Western civilizations, both immeasurably rich sources the artist artist drew from throughout his life.’

Özcan Tahincioğlu, Chairman of the Board of Tahincioğlu, the main sponsor of the exhibition, commented on the exhibition saying, “Art is an irreplaceable facet of a developed society. We, as Tahincioğlu, place great importance on supporting the arts and artists, drawing inspiration from the projects we endorse. As a real-estate development corporation, it is our belief that our endeavors constitute as works of art in their own right, contributing to the silhouette of the city. For this very reason, we are incredibly glad to have assumed the main sponsorship of the Heinz Mack exhibition, which undoubtedly will enrich and embellish the city as it reaches art enthusiasts in Turkey. It is a source of pride to support and realize the exhibition of this important artist, who throughout his career brought together nature and human development, offering his output to the masses through open-air works of art and installations, bringing it to Sakıp Sabancı Museum. As per our guiding vision, we as Tahincioğlu will continue our support to the arts and the artists through future projects.”
Heinz Mack’s first solo exhibition in Istanbul, where the civilisations of East and West have bequeathed a priceless heritage over thousands of years, will be accompanied by a rich program of conferences, education programs, workshops, as well as a comprehensive exhibition catalogue suitable for both scholars and the general public. 
 

Artist Talk with Heinz Mack in the attendance of Beral Madra at SSM on the opening day of the exhibition 

Heinz Mack’s large body of work delineating the many facets of light and colour will be open tovisit through February 18, 2016 - July 17, 2016 at Sakıp Sabancı Museum galleries, with an  Artist Talk event taking place in the attendance of Heinz Mack and noted art critic and curator Beral Madra on the opening day of the exhibition, February 18 2016, Thursday, at 10:30 am. 
 

About Heinz Mack

Heinz Mack was born in 1931, in the village of Lollar near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The artist studied at Düsseldorf Academy of Art between the years 1950-1953, and went on to study philosophy at University of Cologne until 1956. In 1957, Heinz Mack co-founded the international art network ZERO together with the artist Otto Piene, with whom he had studied painting and philosophy in Düsseldorf.

During this momentous period of his career, the artist participated in one of the most established art organizations of contemporary art, documenta II (1959) and documenta III (1964). After the ZERO group concluded its activities in 1967, Heinz Mack continued his solo projects independently and represented the Federal Republic of Germany at the 35th Venice Biennale in 1970. The same year, he was appointed as a visiting professor in Osaka, Japan, and became a member of the Berlin Academy of Arts.
Heinz Mack has received numerous major awards, including the Krefeld City Art Prize (1958), the Italian Premio Marzotto Prize (1963), First Prize in Plastic Arts at the 4th Paris Biennial (1965), First Prize at the Dutch international art competition Licht 79 (1979), the Grand Culture Prize of Rheinischen Sparkassen-Verbands (1992) and Dortmund Art Council Cultural Prize (2012). In 2011, Heinz Mack was awarded the Grand Federal Cross of Merit with Star of the Federal Republic of Germany, and in the summer of 2015, the artist was unanimously elected as an honorary member of the Düsseldorf Academy of Art by the academy's senate.

In 2008, Heinz Mack established the ZERO Foundation together with two core members of the movement, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker, with the mission of promoting the understanding and dissemination of the ZERO oeuvre produced during the ten years the network was active. In October 2014, following revival of interest by the art world in ZERO, which left its profound mark on European avant-garde art in the mid-twentieth century, a major ZERO exhibition opened at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The following year, works produced by ZERO artists were exhibited at such venues as the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Sakıp Sabancı Museum in Istanbul.

The artist’s diverse body of work produced in a myriad of materials include sculptures and monumental works designed for public spaces, light reliefs, light cubes, light rotors, illuminated steles, paintings, pastel and ink drawings, graphic art, photographs, mosaics and ceramics. The artist has also designed stage sets and produced written works. His works have been exhibited at over 300 solo and innumerable group exhibitions. Scores of books and catalogues on Heinz Mack’s art have been published, and two films concerning his work have been produced. Today, in the sixtieth year of his career, Heinz Mack continues his prolific artistic production amidst the preparations of a variety of solo and group exhibitions in 2016. Heinz Mack lives and works in Mönchengladbach, Germany, and Ibiza, Spain.

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