The Kunsthal Rotterdam exhibition 'Action Reaction. 100 Years of Kinetic Art' presents an impressive historical overview of kinetic art, the abstract art movement from the twentieth century focusing on light and movement. Around eighty works of the most famous artists who made important contributions to the development of kinetic art can be admired. From pioneers such as Marcel Duchamp, Alexander Calder and Victor Vasarely, to established names such as Julio Le Parc, Gerhard von Graevenitz, Christian Megert, Bridget Riley, Yayoi Kusama, Jan van Munster and Dan Flavin as well as representatives from younger generations such as Jeppe Hein, Žilvinas Kempinas and Philippe Decrauzat. Also shown is work by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene and Günther Uecker of the German avant-garde group Zero.
In 2018, over a century after the birth of this art movement, and in close collaboration with the Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais, Paris, the Kunsthal Rotterdam is proud to present ‘Action Reaction’ in the Netherlands, a prestigious retrospective exhibition, placing the kinetic art of yesterday in the context of the performative arts of today.
The exhibition is subdivided into twelve themes covering different aspects of perception and phenomenal experience, such as light, movement, rhythm, structure, vibration, space, radiance, immateriality and rotation. All artworks appeal to various senses and, as a result of interacting with the viewer, can lead to extraordinary perceptions. Feel, see, hear and experience the rhythms, vibrations, spinning and force fields: Action Reaction!