No, we did not ran out of interesting stories about Zagreb, and something is opening tonight in Lauba galley. It just happens to be- nothing!
NO SHOW MUSEUM is a project started in 2013 in Germany that collects works from over 120 renowned international artists of the 20th and 21st century. The theme of those works (or lack there of) is nothing.
As the museum states:
In the course of the 20th century, ‘nothing’ has become an equally distinctive aesthetic category like the beautiful and the ugly. The artistic examination of the (non) phenomenon ‘nothing’ has questioned traditional practices of art production and lead to new possibilities of spatial, temporal and material interpretation. ‘Nothing’ is usually understood as the negation of being and figuration, but strictly seen, it is not possible to define nothing. The fact that every attempt to describe, represent or materialize it is doomed to fail, inspired many artists of the 20th century even more to intensively deal with ‘nothing’ and the paradoxes of its (re)presentation. The result is a stunning number of artistic perspectives, avenues of approach, strategies, positions and works – which are collected by the NO SHOW MUSEUM, historically processed and presented at exhibitions and events. The aim is that the general public is able to experience and appreciate this highly divers and productive category of thinking and aesthetics.
The museum itself is a traveling show, presenting works from the back of a converted postal van that has a mobile presentation space for the special exhibition of 24 invisible conceptual works of art. The exhibition is a virtual one, and some of the artists presented will be Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Daniel Buren, Maurizio Cat, Marcel Duchamp, Ceal Flojer, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Richard Serra, Hans Haacke…
The museum and its concepts will be presented by the curator and director Andreas Heusser at 19h in front of Lauba, baruna Filipovica 26a.
So if you’re up for nothing tonight, head over to Lauba and in the meantime you can learn more about the museum here.