Herbert Zangs (1924 - 2003 Krefeld, DE) Zangs is best known for his monochromatic abstract works and is considered part of the French Informel movement in his rejection of geometric abstraction for a more intuitive approach to art-making. Zangs’ work can be divided into several stylistic groups, such as the Ver-Weißungen ('whitening'), the Rechenzeichen-Collagen ('mathematical signs collages'), the Scheibenwischer-Bilder ('windscreen wiper pictures'), Pinselabwicklungen ('brush processing') and Peitschenbilder ('whip pictures').

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GALLERY EXHIBITIONS

Blain|Southern New York
Plus Minus

Plus Minus

27 June – 16 August 2019

Blain|Southern Berlin
Less is More

Less is More

29 September – 17 November 2018

BIOGRAPHY

Zangs began his studies at the Düsseldorf Art Academy with Joseph Beuys in 1945, just months after the end of World War II, where he had served in the armed forces and been a prisoner of war. The experiences Zangs had as a pilot would have a great influence on his work, including a plane crash over Scandinavia which left him lost and covered in snow for three days before he was found. When Zangs woke up in hospital following the incident, the first thing he saw was the white virginal snow of the landscape. This event has been attributed to the conception of his his Verweißungen [whitenings] series: collages and paintings entirely covered in ash white paint, that could also resemble objects found in the rubble after the destruction of war.

Zangs was awarded the Art Prize of the city of Krefeld in 1952, followed in 1958 by the Franklin Institute of America prize and, in 1962, the Europe Prize for Painting awarded by the Ostende Biennale. Restless by nature, Zangs then spent a few years in the south of France (1962-65), followed by numerous trips abroad, before finally settling in his native Krefeld in the early 1980s.

Recent solo exhibitions include: Herbert Zangs: The Freezepoint Of Painting, ZKM Center For Art & Media, Karlsruhe, DE (2018); From The Collection: Europe 1960 – Azimuth, Concrete Art, Nouveau Réalisme, Zero, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI (2017); What About The Color Pink? Do You Like Pink? Geukens & De Vil, Knokke, BE (2016); Herbert Zangs: Moderation Leads To Freedom, Berthold Pott, Cologne, DE (2016); Herbert Zangs, Kunstverein Villa Wessel, Iserlohn, DE (2014). Group exhibitions include: Nice to See You! 160 Works from the Collection, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI (2015); Black & White, Galerie Leu, Munich, DE (2014); Adventsausstellung, Galerie Bagnato, Konstanz, DE (2014); Dahlhausen Viral, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, DE (2014).

1924-2003, Born in Krefeld, DE
Lived and worked in Krefeld, DE


EDUCATION

1949
Düsseldorf Art Academy, DE

AWARDS

1952
Krefeld Art Prize, DE

1958
Franklin Institute of America Prize, US

1962
Europe Prize for Painting, Ostend Biennial, BE

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Plus-Minus, Blain|Southern New York, US

2018
Herbert Zangs: The Freezepoint Of Painting, Zkm Center For Art & Media, Karlsruhe, DE

2017
From The Collection: Europe 1960 – Azimuth, Concrete Art, Nouveau Réalisme, Zero, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI
What About The Color Pink? Do You Like Pink?, Geukens & De Vil, Knokke, BE

2016
Herbert Zangs - Vom Sinn of Chaos, Maulberger Gallery, Munich, DE
Herbert Zangs: Moderation Leads To Freedom, Berthold Pott, Cologne, DE

2014
Herbert Zangs, Kunstverein Villa Wessel, Iserlohn, DE

2013
Herbert Zangs, The Mayor Gallery, London, DE

2009
Arbeiten aus fünf Jahrzehnten Kunstverein Buchholz, DE

2007
Herbert Zangs: Die Fünfziger Jahre, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI

2004
Herbert Zangs: Frühe Arbeiten, Galerie Fellner von Feldegg, Krefeld, DE
Herbert Zangs: Frühe Objektverweißungen 1952 – 1954, LWL - Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster, DE

2000
Herbert Zangs // Plus Minus Leben, KunstTachometer, Palma de Mallorca, ES

1999
Meilensteine - 75 Jahre Zangs, Galerie Heidefeld & Partner, Krefeld, DE
Herbert Zangs zum 75. Geburtstag, Galerie Benden & Klimczak Edition Kunst Parterre GmbH, Cologne, DE

1996
Herbert Zangs: Werkmonographie, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl; Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren; Städtische Galerie Lüdenscheid, Museum für Neue Kunst, Freiburg, DE

1995
Herbert Zangs, Oeuvres 1952-1959, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, FR

1985
Herbert Zangs: Arbeiten 1952 – 1962, Sprengel Museum Hannover, DE


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Nice to See You! 160 Works from the Collection, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI
Black & White, Galerie Leu, Munich, DE

2014
Adventsausstellung, Galerie Bagnato, Konstanz, DE
Dahlhausen Viral, Kunstmuseum Ahlen, DE

2013
Ruhe-Störung: Streifzüge durch die Welten der Collage, MARTa Herford, DE
Gruppe Zero Ausstellung, Galerie Dr. Aloys Wilmsen, Hergatz, DE
Arbeiten auf Papier, Galerie Rottloff, Karlsruhe, DE
Generosity. Donations And Loans To The ZKM Collection, ZKM Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, DE
Poesia - Werke Sammlung Rik Reinking, Städtische Galerie Delmenhorst, DE
Roland Martin | Artur Stoll | Herbert Zangs, Galerie Werner Wohlhüter, Leibertingen-Thalheim, DE

2012
Schaulager II Klassische Positionen aus den Beständen, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Grafenau, DE
Erlesene Werke aus privaten Sammlungen, Galerie Schlichtenmaier, Stuttgart, DE
Aufbruch - Malerei und realer Raum, Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern; AdK Akademie der Künste, Berlin, DE

2011
Herman de Vries 80: nul=zero and contemporaries, Art Affairs Gallery, Amsterdam, NL
Kunstkörperlich-Körperkünstlich 3,Bodies, Kunsthalle Dominikanerkirche, Osnabruck, DE
10 Jahre: 62 Ausstellungen, Kunstverein Buchholz,DE
Black and White, MDZ Art Gallery, Knokke-Heist, BE
Kunst trotz(t) Demenz, Künstlerhaus Schloß Balmoral, Bad Ems, DE

2010
Transformation: Bilder von Jo Goertz und 26 weiteren Künstlern, Kunsthaus Rhenania, Cologne, DE
Group Show, Galerie Leu, Munich, DE
Liebhaberstücke: Zeitgenössische Kunst aus fünf Mülheimer Privatsammlungen, Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr, DE
In the White Room, Willem Kerseboom Modern & Contemporary Art, Amsterdam, NL
Minimalism Germany 1960s, Daimler Contemporary, BE
Von Angesicht zu Angesicht, Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl, DE

2009
Collagen Sammeln, Holbeinhaus, Augsburg, DE
Sammlung Veronika und Peter Monauni, Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, LI

2008
Vom Schnee, Museum Kitzbühel, AS
Papier!, Galerie Albstadt, DE
Classical: Modern II, Daimler Contemporary, BE

2007
Kounellis, Beuys, Zangs, Galerie Leu, Munich, DE
Blick zurück: Offenes Depot II, Galerie Vayhinger, Radolfzell, DE

2006
till & Konsequent, Arbeiten aus der Sammlung Uwe Obier, Kunstverein Siegen, DE
Malerei, Zeitkunstgalerie Kitzbühel, AS
Jahresausklang, Galerie Fellner von Feldegg, Krefeld, DE

2004
Künstler der Galerie, Galerie Heinz Holtmann, Cologne, DE
Adolf Luther & Herbert Zangs, Galerie Wack, Kaiserslautern, DE

2003
Museumsverein Düren, Jahresgaben 2003, Leopold Hoesch Museum, Düren, DE
Century of Innocence: The History of the White Monochrome, Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmö, SE
10 Jahre Galerie Benden & Klimczak, Städtische Galerie im Park, Viersen, DE

1996
Accrochage, Galerie Uwe Sacksofsky, Heidelberg, DR

1993
Azur, Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, FR

1982
Medium Papier, Städtische Galerie Villa Zanders, Bergisch Gladbach, DE

1977
documenta 6, Kassel, DE


SELECTED COLLECTIONS

Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, FR
Sammlung Reinking, Hamburg, DE
Sprengel Museum Hannover, DE
Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, DE
Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein, Vaduz, LI
Osten Museum of Drawing, Skopje, MK