From Zero to Infinite
11 Feb — 4 Mar 2017 at Dep Art in Milan, Italy
On 11 February 2017 the Dep Art Gallery is inaugurating the exhibition titled From Zero to Infinite with works by Henk Peeters and Jan Schoonhoven.
The exhibition proposes a selection of works by Peeters, created between 1961 and 2005, and twenty-one drawings by Schoonhoven dated between 1962 and 1985, part of the Henk Peeters Collection.
Together with Armando, Jan Hendrikse and Herman de Vries, the two artists founded the Nul Group which reached the height of its success and influence in the two exhibitions held at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 1962 and 1965. Outrightly antagonistic towards tradition, the Nul Group shared profound affinities with the Zero Movement with which it established a fervid and frenetic network of projects, exhibitions and relations that were all of a transnational nature. Organizer and 'architect' of the Dutch art revolution, Nul carried out an important role in defining what is called "objective art": that is, an anti-expressionist art that combined the idea of tabula rasa with the concreteness of the object.
The Dep Art Gallery that has always aimed at promoting the art pioneers of the latter half of the Twentieth Century is here acclaiming the leading protagonists of the Nul Group which, in moving within the attractive force of the Zero Movement and the New Tendencies current of Zagreb, crossed paths with artists such as Biasi and Dadamaino - in recent years proposed by Dep Art - together with Fontana, Manzoni and Castellani, among others.
The exhibition's title - From Zero to Infinite - suggests the key to reading the artistic careers of the two artists. On the one hand Peeters, advocate of the zeroing of artistic categories and of an absolutely ordinary art while, on the other, there was Schoonhoven who had arrived at conceiving a homogeneous work in both time and space, in this way obtaining an infinite and repeatable aesthetic.