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Irina Koutoudis on Fri, 11 Nov 2005 12:37:42 +0100 (CET)

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ZKM | Zentrum f=FCr Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe
November 2005

Invitation to the exhibition opening

 L i g h t   A r t   f r o m   A r t i f i c i a l   L i g h t 
(19 November 2005 through 01 May 2006)

Friday, 18 November 2005, 7.30 p.m. at the ZKM, Lorenzstr. 19, 
D-76135 Karlsruhe

On the evening of 18 November 2005 the ZKM | Museum for Contemporary 
Art will open the ambitious exhibition Light Art from Artificial Light.
This show on the theme of electrical light as an artistic medium, 
which extends across all three floors of the ZKM | Museum for 
Contemporary Art and includes ca. 340 works from 230 artists covering 

100 years of art history, will offer an encyclopedic overview of the 
development of light art from its beginnings until the present day. 
The exhibition leads through the decades beginning with the earliest 
works from the 1920s, including films by Viking Eggeling and Walter 
Ruttmann, through to the first abstract neon pictures (1946) by Gyula 

Kosicea, and a black light room by Lucio Fontana (1948/49). Shown 
will be reconstructed light rooms from the 1960s by Gruppo T  and 
ZERO, some of which have not been exhibited for over forty years, 
classical positions in light art such as those by James Turrell, 
Francois Morellet, Dan Flavin, and Keith Sonnier, and additionally, 

current works by Carsten Hoeller, Olafur Eliasson,  and Sylvie Fleury, 

among others.
The exhibition's central theme is the confrontation of diverse art 
genres with the medium of artificial light. The individual areas of 
the exhibition are thus concerned with Kinetic Art, Minimal Art, 
Concept Art, and Arte Povera. The unusual architecture of the 
exhibition Light Art from Artificial Light likewise enables a very 
special approach to the theme of light art: the works will shine as 
the only source of light in the darkened space.

For the first time, an exhibition by ZKM | Museum for Contemporary 
Art will leave the museum space to shine its light into the city, 
right at the darkest time of the year.  Shown on the grounds in front 

of the ZKM and in the sub-space of the ZKM cube, will be exciting 
light installations by contemporary artists. Depending on weather 
conditions, the work Leuchtturm by Ecke Bonck has the capacity to 

beam up to eighteen kilometers into Karlsruhe's urban space from the 

tower of the former munitions factory. The light capacity of the work 

Sternschnuppe by Michael Sailstorfer, exhibited on the grounds in 

front of ZKM, reaches the heights. The sculpture comprises a car and 
a street light, whose shield can be shot into the sky as an 
artificial shooting star.
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