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"Illuminated Cities - Illuminated Art"
2004-10-17 until 2005-01-30
Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum
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 and in cooperation with the GEBAG Duisburg.