9 works by 8 artists of the Herbert Foundation

Herbert Foundation, Ghent

April 26 – November 15, 2015

Exhibition view of Accelerazione, Herbert Foundation 2015.
Exhibition view of Accelerazione, Herbert Foundation 2015.

The exhibition Accelerazione takes place on the first floor of the exhibition space and focuses on eight pivotal artists of the Herbert Collection: Carl Andre, Gilbert & George, Jannis Kounellis, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Giulio Paolini and Gerhard Richter.Since the second part of the twentieth century, each of these artists has been disclosing new perspectives on art and what it should or could be.

The title of the exhibition is derived from the installation Accelerazione = sogno, numeri di Fibonacci al neon e motocicletta fantasma (1972) by the Italian artist Mario Merz and gives expression to the underlying driving force that binds the eight artists.
In spite of their different backgrounds, they share their roots in the rebellious Western post-war years during which the common notion of art changed for good.

Situated within this turbulent timeframe, the works embody the acceleration that then took place within the artistic development of these artists. Altering the common perception of art, they paved the way for the future.