›Nothingtoseeness—Void/White/Silence‹—the Akademie der Künste exhibition which is curated by Anke Hervol and Wulf Herzogenrath takes its title from one of the great stylites of the post-war avant-garde, John Cage, who coined the somewhat unwieldy term »nothingtoseeness« to describe the equivalent of silence in the visual arts. Consequently, the exhibition begins with the years around the middle of the last century and features a broad range of works—from experiments by artists like Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, and Ulrich Erben to contemporary artworks by Rosa Barba, Isaac Julien, Qiu Shihua, and Christina Kubisch, to name a few. Equally broad is the range of interpretations: from silence and emptiness to white as a colour of mourning, from the radical new beginning of an empty canvas to current questions of postcolonial critique. A small selection of featured artworks is on view here.
During Berlin Art Week the Akademie der Künste is showing a comprehensive survey exhibition on the colour white in the visual arts and its various interpretations.