PIERO MANZONI AND ZERO
Video documentary, 52 mins.
Devised, written and edited by Francesca Pola
In collaboration with Fondazione Piero Manzoni
Realized by Zenit Arti Audiovisive
Executive producers: Thomas and Lisa Blumenthal
With Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, Günther Uecker, and Bernard Aubertin, Agostino Bonalumi, Almir Mavignier, Christian Megert, François Morellet, Henk Peeters, herman de vries
Date of release and world premiere: October 19, 2018 – Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 5pm
In the context of the ZERO-Weekend in Düsseldorf (18 - 20 October 2018)
Filming of interviews: Edoardo Podo
Original soundtrack includes first recording of A contemporary sound portrait of Piero Manzoni’s Achrome by Andrea Cavallari, performed by Ciro Longobardi
Director: Fabrizio Galatea
Editing: Lucio Viglierchio
Incidental music: Fabio Viana
Sound-mix and sound effects: Fabio Coggiola
The video documentary PIERO MANZONI AND ZERO presents the richness and meaning of the artistic relationships in Europe, at the end of the 1950s and in the early 1960s, around the pivotal figure of Piero Manzoni.
One of the protagonists and catalysers of this revolutionary creative context moving beyond Informel into a new form of creativity, internationally known as the ZERO movement, Manzoni is the forerunner and unexhausted “travelling messenger” of a new geography of relations. His continuous journeys and activity mark a new transnational perspective: an alternative vision compared to North American art, but also dissimilar to the Parisian milieu. ZERO operates according to this new geography: it travels through Milan, Rome, Lausanne, Bern, Basel, Düsseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt, London, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Copenhagen and Zagreb. Following different lines and standards and producing a massive exchange of letters, works, exhibitions, publications. These artists established new creative and at the same time methodical guidelines, as well as new hubs and places that inexorably adopt such guidelines, thus amplifying and spreading their effects.
The video documentary is distributed in a USB stick attached to the book by Francesca Pola PIERO MANZONI AND ZERO. A European Creative Region, Pesci Rossi, Electa, Milan, 2018 (English), 15 x 23, 150 pp., ill., paperback, available since October 2018.