Rutherford Chang We Buy White Albums, 2013 – fortlaufend © Rutherford Chang

NOTHINGTOSEENESS Void/White/Silence at Akademie der Künste

Berlin! #SaveTheDate – 15.09. – 12.12. 2021, Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin! The exhibition project “NOTHINGTOSEENESS – Void/White/Silence”, featuring around 75 international artists, focuses on the broad spectrum of meaning of the colour white, the void and the silence, and the difference between materiality and immateriality that is associated with it. 

Ellsworth Kelly: Two_White

Artistic and aesthetic practices influenced by monochromy emerged in the United States and Europe during the 1950s and 1960s, forming the basis of an internationally accepted critical and process-based artistic approach that is still prevalent today. Following the pandemic-related shift of artistic encounters to the virtual space flooded by reproduced images, numerous examples of these positions can now be experienced in an analogue space.

The central issue is “the question of seeing […], the visual non-slipping” (John Cage, 1961), which the viewer can only experience standing in front of the original. In addition to colour and materiality in the visual arts – painting without paintbrush and colour like Piero Manzoni – the focus is on the relationship of material quality to surface and context, sound to silence, complexity to simplicity and meaning to meaninglessness.

The exhibition is curated by Anke Hervol and Wulf Herzogenrath.

Jan J. Schoonhoven, R 74-16, 1974
Privatsammlung Berlin
Fotograf: Eric Jobs, Hattingen
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

The show brings together artists such as Yves Klein, Karin Sander, Isaac Julien, Thomas Rentmeister, Lucio Fontana, Bruce Nauman, Maria Eichhorn, Pierre Huyghe, Katharina Fritsch, Max Dax, John Cage, Ellsworth Kelly, Gregor Schneider, Ray Johnson, Yoko Ono, Rutherford Chang, Stephan Huber, Rosa Barba and Katharina Grosse.

Karin Sander
Wandstück, 2004
Wandfarbe, poliert, 210 x 280 cm 
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Ausstellungsansicht
Foto: Karin Sander, © Karin Sander, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021

The exhibition invites the viewer to partake in a more precise and intensive mode of perception, and to experience the artwork live in all of its facets. Discussions, concerts, readings and film screenings will accompany the exhibition, with references made to relevant aspects of literature, music and architecture. Online catalogue and further information: 

Opening day Wednesday, 15 September 2021, 11 am – 12 midnight, free admission
Exhibition duration 15 September – 12 December 2021
Tue – Sun 11 am – 7 pm, admission € 9/6
Free admission for under 18s, Tuesdays from 3 pm, and on the 1st Sunday of the month
Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin, Tel. +49 (0)30 200 57-2000
Part of Berlin Art Week
Funded by the Gesellschaft der Freunde der Akademie der Künste (Society of Friends of the Akademie der Künste)
Media partners: Berlin Art Link, Cee Cee, Das Filter, Exberliner, Kaltblut Magazine, Mint Magazin, Monopol, Flux FM, Tip Berlin

Thomas Rentmeister, Muda, 2011
Foto: Bernd Borchardt © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021
Stephan Huber
Shining, 2001
Foto: Stephan Huber
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021

Corona-related terms for participation in the press conference
Participation in the press conference is only permitted for persons who are tested / vaccinated / recovered. Further information on the required proof here.
Attendance documentation is required, and FFP2 masks must be worn at all times throughout the Akademie building.

Works by Peter Ablinger, Absalon, Frank Badur, Mirosław Bałka, Rosa Barba, Gerhard Bohner, George Brecht, Trisha Brown, Klaus vom Bruch, Günter Brus, John Cage, Enrico Castellani, Rutherford Chang, Max Dax, Ulrike Draesner, Maria Eichhorn, Olafur Eliasson, Ulrich Erben, Ceal Floyer, Lucio Fontana, Sam Francis, Katharina Fritsch, Heinz Gappmayr, Jochen Gerz, Raimund Girke, Eugen Gomringer, Gotthard Graubner, Katharina Grosse, Hans Haacke, Marcia Hafif, David Hammons, Oskar Holweck, Stephan Huber, Alfonso Hüppi, Pierre Huyghe, Ray Johnson, Isaac Julien, Ellsworth Kelly, Per Kesselmar, Astrid Klein, Yves Klein, Harald Klingelhöller, Bernd Koberling, Christina Kubisch, Raimund Kummer, Mark Lammert, Henning Lohner, Inge Mahn, Piero Manzoni, Joseph Marioni, Sara Masüger, Reiner Maria Matysik, Bruce Nauman, Yoko Ono, Roman Opałka, David Ostrowski, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, Thomas Rentmeister, Bridget Riley, Robert Ryman, Karin Sander, Hanns Schimansky, Michael Schirner, Gregor Schneider, Jan J. Schoonhoven, Nina Schuiki, George Segal, Qiu Shihua, Strawalde, Mark Tobey, James Turrell, Günther Uecker, Timm Ulrichs, Lothar Wolleh