herman de vries, ‘installation of zero works’, 1960-1962, Borzo Gallery

tube, 1960, 92 cm / ø 9 cm
beam, 18 holes, 1962, 93,5 x 5,2 x 13 cm
beam, 1962 , 105 x 7,3 x 7,3 cm
tablet with hole, 1960 , 33,2 x 20,2 x 3,5 cm
four columns between two tablets, 1962
34,5 x 17,5 x 17 cm
cork between two planks on square base, 1962 , 38,5 x 15 x 13,5 cm
horizontal beam, 1962 
57 x 7,6 x 7,2 cm

Signature: some objects are signed inside or on bottom

“nul”, amsterdam: stedelijk museum, march 9 - march 25, 1962.
“herman de vries: werken 1954-1980”, groningen: groninger museum, september 7 - october 13, 1980.
“zero. countdown to tomorrow. 1950-60’s”, new york: solomon r. guggenheim, 2014
“zero: let us explore the stars”, amsterdam: stedelijk museum, july 4 - november 8, 2015.

“herman de vries: werken 1954-1980”, groningen: groninger museum, 1980 (september 7 - october 13 1980), p. 62 and 63.

valerie hillings and edouard derom, “ZERO. countdown to tomorrow. 1950-60’s” [mus.cat], new york: solomon r. guggenheim, 2014: p. 157 and p. 190.
dirk pörschman and margriet schavemaker, “ZERO” [mus.cat], amsterdam: stedelijk museum (july 4 - november 8, 2015) / berlin: martin gropius bau (march 21 - june 8, 2015), p. 82 (invitation card for the ’62 exhib. at the stedelijk museum), p. 85, p. 448, p. 508, p. 534 and 535.
Colin Huizing and Thijs Visser (ed.) “Nul = 0, de Nederlandse Nulgroep in een Internationale context” [mus.cat] Schiedam: Stedelijk Museum & NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2012: , p. 24 (photo of the exhib. ‘NUL’, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 1962).

collection of the artist.

About herman de vries

Early in his career, painter herman de vries (who uses all lowercase letters as a symbol of his belief in equality) embraced randomness as an organizing principle. From 1961-66, he was a member of the Nul Group—a cohort of artists that included Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, and Armando—with whom he produced wall reliefs, large-scale installations, and happenings that explored principles such as repetition and the beauty of everyday objects and activities. Later on, de vries’s practice became quasi-scientific as he investigated plants with medicinal and hallucinogenic power. This led to such projects as the earth museum (1976), housed at the Museum Gassendi, Digne-les-Bains, which contains over 7,000 samples of earth that the artist gathered from all over the world. de vries keeps beautiful journals that include plant specimens, drawings, paintings, and notes.

Dutch, b. 1931, Alkmaar, Netherlands, based in Eschenau, Eckental, Germany

Solo Shows on Artsy

Dutch Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice

Group Shows on Artsy

À bout de souffle, Cortesi Gallery, Lugano