Zero in the Mirror, an exhibition by Christian Megert and Nanda Vigo

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From the 26th to the 29th November 2015 the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea in Lissone (MB) is hosting Zero in the Mirror, the touring exhibition conceived by internationally acclaimed artists Christian Megert and Nanda Vigo, known for their kine-visual art. The pair are part of the Zero Group, a transnational movement involving numerous artistic centres across Europe (Germany, Italy, France, the Netherlands).

After travelling to Berlin and Lugano, the exhibition, curated by Marco Meneguzzo and Alberto Zanchetta, will present a selection of new and historic pieces focusing on the use of the mirror.

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Nanda Vigo, Cronotopo, 1967 alluminio, vetri smerigliati, specchio e neon, cm 100 x 100, Courtesy Archivio Nanda Vigo

The title of the show is a clear reference to the creative and vitalistic atmosphere of the Zero Group and Christian Megert and Nanda Vigo’s use of the mirror as a tool for expression. Both artists remain part of the movement and their work continues to use reflecting materials.

Working completely independently, Megert in Germany and Vigo in Italy, the artists have undertaken a thorough exploration of the properties of the mirror and its derivations. “Reflection”, “transparency”, “luminosity” and “fragmentation of the image” are just some of the features connected to the material, aspects that transform into ethical-metaphorical elements capable of changing life by providing a new vision of the world.

Both artists have always captured and pursued the poetics of the Zero Group, spreading it through their work and contributing towards making mirrors commonplace in contemporary international art.

Visitors to the exhibition can compare the different ways in which Megert and Vigo have used this tool, as well as the different types of research they have undertaken throughout their long careers. The MAC in Lissone will exhibit works dating from the heroic and stoic 1960s to more recent years. The involvement of the public is an intrinsic part of this exhibition as all the pieces require an interaction between the object and the spectator, an aspect that will not fail to enchant visitors to the museum.

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Nanda Vigo, Affinita’ elette, Galleria San Fedele, Milano, gennaio 2015, Foto Emilio Tremolada

Biographies

Christian Megert was born in Bern, Switzerland in 1936. Travelling between Sweden, Germany and Paris, the artist has experimented with his artistic language throughout his career, starting off with monochrome painting and, from 1959, moving onto kinetic art. Megert’s research focuses on the use of light, movement and the reflection of light in the mirror, which he considers a primary material and artistic medium.

In 1961 Megert wrote his manifesto, “Ein Neuer Raum” (A new space), a summary of his artistic research. Heading numerous solo shows, Megert has taken part in exhibitions by the Zero Group as well as those relating to Kinetic Art across Europe. His work is part of countless private and public collections, including the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montreal, the Progressive Museum in Basel and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. From 2014/2015 his work will be displayed in the Guggenheim in New York and the Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

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Christian Megert, Light-Box, 1964, legno, specchio, specchio trasparente e luce fluorescente, cm 101 x 71 x 10,2 Courtesy Franziska Megert

Nanda Vigo was born in Milan in 1936. After graduating from the Institut Polytechnique in Lausanne and following an internship in San Francisco, Vigo opened her own studio in Milan in 1959. From that moment, the principal theme of her art became the conflict/harmony between light and space, which the artist also uses in her work as an architect and designer. From 1959 she visited the studio of Lucio Fontana before moving closer to Piero Manzoni and Enrico Castellani. In that period she travelled throughout Europe to organise and exhibit in shows; in this context she came into contact with the artists and locations of the ZERO movement in Germany, the Netherlands and France.

In 1965, the artist curated the legendary avant-garde ZERO exhibition held in the studio of Lucio Fontana in Milan, which displayed works by 28 artists. In 1982 the artist took part in the 40th Biennale of Venice. The artist’s work has been permanently displayed at the Triennale Design Museum since 2006. Since 2013, a number of her pieces have been part of the collection of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and from 2014/2015 at the Guggenheim in New York and at the Gropius-Bau in Berlin.

Credits: BIANCOSCURO ART MAGAZINE www.biancoscuro.it

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Nanda Vigo, Lights Forever, 2013, installation view

ZERO IN THE MIRROR

 CHRISTIAN MEGERT & NANDA VIGO

 Lissone, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea

26th September – 29th November 2015

Curated by Marco Meneguzzo and Alberto Zanchetta

Opening hours: Wednesday and Friday 10am – 1pm;

Thursday 4pm – 11pm;

Saturday and Sunday 10am-12pm / 3pm-7pm

Entrance is free

www.museolissone.it

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