|Luca Massimo Barbera, Philip Rylands & Heinz Mack|
on rooftop terrace at Peggy Guggenheim Collection
|I am a Saint by Lucio Fontana (1958)|
|Artist's Shit by Piero Manzoni (1961)|
|White Surface by Enrico Castellani (1959)|
|The Joy of Calvin by Heinz Mack (1963)|
|Luca Massimo Barbera and Heinz Mack (with interpreter)|
Heinz Mack spoke at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on September 19th, and it was riveting. He spoke in German, and it was interpreted in Italian, so let's hope I got most of it right:) He said that what happened back then was a real phenomenon. There was no way to communicate like there is today, and yet all these artists in different parts of the world were working on the same wavelength. After the war there was a vacuum that needed to be filled and artists had an obligation to fill it. After such devastation, without spirituality, with enormous suffering, the artists were optimistic.
He said it was not a "team work" like today, but that they worked alone, yet with friends. To experience the reality that you are absolutely alone in this world, and then to meet like-minded artists gave them a sense of security. It confirmed the Light.
Light is extremely important to Heinz Mack. Light is like the heart; miraculous; happiness. It is a metaphysical phenomenon. It is immaterial, a miracle of this world. After World War II, the artists wanted to defend the concept of Light.
|The Sky Over Nine Columns by Heinz Mack|
Heinz Mack said, "If we don't see the light anymore, then we are dead." This time, we were speaking in English, so I know exactly what he said.
AZIMUT/H. Continuity and Newness
Peggy Guggenheim Collection
20 September 2014 – 19 January 2015
Curated by Luca Massimo Barbero
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