The Zero Revolution – Henk Peeters



Scenario & Director

Sherman De Jesus



Antoon Melissen



Bert Oosterveld

Marc Felperlaan

Sherman De Jesus



Menno Euwe

Henk-Jelle de Groot



Caitlin Hulscher


Executive Producer

Cécile van Eijk


Production Manager

Mathijs Jorritsma


Assistant Production

Irene de Mol

Veerle Luijten

Sterre Schout



Franka Kersten

Anneriken Wehrens

Emma van Tol




Ernestina van de Noort

Annemarie Elijzen


Original Music

Randal Corsen


Music recorded by

Paul Pouwer

Power Sound Studio


Sounddesign & Mix

Wim Post



Robin Overeem


Mix Theatre




Laurent Fluttert


Online & Post Production

Het Raam Digital Cinema


Poster & Titeldesign


Joost Hiensch



Koen Machielse

Silvester Broekhuizen



Omroep Gelderland


Commissioning editor

Guido Lavalaye



Cécile van Eijk

Sherman De Jesus


 “This is the most important film on zero, the network, the artists, the events, and their ongoing search for a better world. The film is (also) in English and includes many never shown material from Manzoni, Piene and zero friends. For all those studying zero a real must see.” – Tijs Visser, director ZERO Foundation

ZERO gets a lot of worldwide attention. At this moment the largest ZERO-survey exhibition in the world, previously displayed in the Guggenheim Museum (New York) and the Martin-Gropius-Bau (Berlin) is now displayed at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In The Zero Revolution – Henk Peeters the artists looks back on his artistry as an old man, his role in the ZERO-movement and his relationship with artists such as Yayoi Kusama.

The artist network ZERO of which Henk Peeters with Jan Schoonhoven, Armando and Jan Henderikse formed the Dutch NUL-group, changed art forever with a radical and renewing attitude, in the fifties and sixties. After the Second World War Henk Peeters travelled through Europe and met likeminded artists such as Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Yves Klein and Gunther Uecker in Italy, France and Germany.

Unique archive footage of young Henk Peeters, Jan Schoonhoven, Armando and Jan Henderikse are juxtaposed with recent interviews. We see how the reaction on their first work induces a shockwave in the art world. The ZERO-artists are greeted with sneers. Over fifty years later ZERO rises with big exhibitions in prestigious museums such as Guggenheim, Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Stedelijk Museum.

After the break-up of the movement in 1966 Peeters decides to focus on teaching at the art academy in Arnhem (the current ArtEZ). In the film his former students Joke Robaard and Paul Damsté talk about his quirky way of teaching. Widow Truus Peeters-Nienhuis reminisces about her life with Henk Peeters andthe multiple visits of the ZERO-artists to their home in Arnhem. Ad Petersen, former curator of the Stedelijk Museum, talks about the last ZERO exhibition in the Stedelijk Museum in the sixties.

Henk Peeters tries to stay true to his beliefs until long after the end of ZERO. An aim that seems increasingly impossible when his collection of ZERO-works gets auctioned at Sotheby’s. The auction is a huge success, but it doesn’t make the old artist cheerful. His last words about that are striking: “Yes, that’s how that time is. That’s how it goes. And now I’m sold out.”

The Zero Revolution – Henk Peeters is supported by Mediafonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Gelderland, K.F. Hein Fonds, Borzo Gallery Amsterdam, The Mayor Gallery London, Fonds Cultuur – Gemeente Arnhem. A coproduction of Memphis Film & Television and Omroep Gelderland.

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