October 17, 2004 - January 30, 2005
Press conference: 11.30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 15
Opening: 7.00 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16
Curator: Christoph Brockhaus
Hitherto neon advertising has more or less dominated the nighttime appearance of our cities. An ever larger number of buildings are now being highlighted through lighting. More and more frequently, large cities are vying for advertising through lighting spectacles, whereby generally speaking there is a lack of clearly defined, artistic overall concepts. When the Ministry of Urban Development in North Rhine Westphalia organized a competition for artistic lighting scenarios in the state's cities, the first results demonstrated that with regard to artistic qualifications there was a lot to be desired. For this reason the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum is organizing an exhibition that marks the interface between light art and city lights. Exemplary works of 20th century light art are to be integrated in the museum's collections. In changing exhibitions illuminated images document outstanding international examples of outdoor light art. The third part of this exhibition features new artistic light scenarios designed specifically for their location in the Kant Park, right next to the museum, and in the city center.
There are two publications planned: an exhibition catalogue and a documentation of outstanding lighting projects in public spaces in North Rhine Westphalia; in addition there will be a program of special events with town planners, architects, landscape architects and artists. The exhibition is being organized with the generous support of the North Rhine Westphalia Ministry of Urban Development, GEBAG Duisburg and in cooperation with the Center for International Light Art in Unna.