Otto Piene: The Proliferation of The Sun (1966 – 1967)
3 Jul 2015

The Stedelijk Museum and Sonic Acts Amsterdam present the performance The Proliferation of The Sun(1967) by ZERO artist Otto Piene in honor of the opening of the exhibition ZERO: Let Us Explore The Stars.

Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
10 - 10:30 pm

* It's not possible to make a reservation

** The performance takes place during of the opening of the ZERO  exhibition. On this evening, admission to the museum and the performance is free

*** There are limited seats available, doors open 15 minutes before the performance and close when maximum visitors is reached

Photo: Pieter Kers
Photo: Pieter Kers

The 2015 re-installment of The Proliferation of the Sun, originally conceived in 1967, is a 25-minute multimedia performance, using hundreds of painted slides, sound, and several projectors. Colorful shimmering shapes on hundreds of hand-painted glass slides are projected onto a huge multi-screen array, creating what Piene called a “poetic journey through space.” The visitor is immersed in projections that splay across various surfaces. Piene reminds the viewer of the magic of the projected image, which is even more beguiling when you can immerse yourself in it and become overwhelmed by the scale and light.


Piene founded the influential European post-war movement ZERO with Heinz Mack in 1957 as part of an effort to transform and redefine art in the aftermath of the Second World War. He is most known for his colorful paintings and gigantic open air sculptures, including the 600-meter-long Olympic Rainbow at the 1972 Olympics. 


During the summer and fall of 2015, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam presents an historic survey of the innovative, international avant-garde artists’ group ZERO, with work by Otto Piene, Armando, Heinz Mack, Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, Günther Uecker, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Jean Tinguely, Yayoi Kusama, and others. Driven by the desire to seek radical new ways to make art, they shared an optimistic, experimental, and pioneering approach.

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Otto Piene
The Proliferation of the Sun / Die Sonne kommt näher

1966 – 1967 (reconstruction 2015) 

Multimedia installation, 25’00

Lender: Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen

In collaboration with: Kunsthalle Bremen – Der Kunstverein in Bremen with the support of Sonic Acts and the ZERO Foundation.

The Stedelijk Museum extends a special thank you to Günther Thorn, for supervising the re-installment of The Proliferation of The Sun, and to Annette Wolfsberger and Lucas van der Velden of Sonic Acts, for their dedication to making this project happen in Amsterdam.