What is Minimal Art: the Silent Revolution in Art

Roman Opalka

Have you ever heard of Minimal Art and the most representative artists of this artistic movement?
In this post I want to tell you about the birth and evolution of Minimal Art, a movement that emerged in the United States as a counterpoint to Action Painting.

What is Minimal Art

Sol Lewitt

Since its first appearance, Minimal Art has proposed a return to simple, modular geometric forms, eliminating all traces of expressiveness and emotionality typical of Abstract art.

The aim of Minimal Art has always been to transcend the boundaries of abstraction to achieve a formal purity in which works speak through their structural simplicity. The artists who have joined this movement have influenced not only American but also European art, leaving an indelible mark on the history of contemporary art.


Minimal Art, which emerged in the 1960s in the United States, proposed art reduced to its most basic forms. Artists such as Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd experimented with large objects and simple geometric shapes, following principles of seriality and repetition. By emphasising the physicality of the work, this current sought to overcome all forms of expressiveness, promoting an impersonal and objective artistic vision.

Yves Klein


Parallel to the American development, similar currents emerged in Europe, but separate from US Minimal Art. Artists such as Yves Klein, Roman Opalka and Piero Manzoni explored similar ideas while maintaining unique characteristics.
The diversity of European expressions reflected a greater complexity than the American scene.


Minimal Art focuses on the use of simple materials and minimal geometric configurations, often generating an intense dialogue between colour, form, space and matter. This approach has found parallels with the works of conceptual art artists and, in certain aspects, with the works of artists active in the Land Art movement and Pop Art artists.

Minimal Art has enjoyed considerable commercial success and critical acclaim, stimulating a debate on the very concept of Art. This movement has changed the way art is perceived, demonstrating that sometimes simplicity prompts deeper reflections.

Donald Judd

Minimal Art represents a crucial moment in the evolution of contemporary art as it offered a new perspective on the role and meaning of the work of art in the contemporary context.

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