to do or discover something new
I believe Stanley Kubrick with his unique avant-gardism broke new ground in the realm of cinematography.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
break fresh/new ground
C2 to do or discover something new:
This recovery technique breaks new ground.
to break new ground
If you break new ground, you do something completely different or you do something in a completely different way.
Gellhorn may have broken new ground when she filed her first report on the Spanish Civil War.