LAS presents Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin), the largest work by American artist Robert Irwin (*1928, Long Beach) exhibited in Europe to date, at Kraftwerk Berlin. His latest site-specific installation commissioned by LAS, which will be on view beginning December 5, continues his Light and Space series of works initiated in 2007. With this commissioned work, LAS brings one of the most important representatives of the Light and Space movement to the center of Berlin. One day earlier, on December 4, Galerie Sprüth Magers Berlin will also open an exhibition with Robert Irwin. This will be shown until March 26, 2022.
Image above: Robert Irwin, Light and Space, 2007. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021. Photo: © 2007 Philipp Scholz Rittermann.
In the course of his 60-year career, Robert Irwin has become one of the most important pioneers of site-specific art. In this context, the medium of light forms the core of his examination of human perception and the design of spaces. Irwin himself expresses it as follows: “My concern is to make it possible for you to see something more tomorrow than you see today.
For Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin) Irwin intervenes in the monumental architecture of Kraftwerk Berlin and offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in his experiments with light and space.
Robert Irwin is one of the key figures of the Light and Space movement, a loosely connected group of artists who came together against the backdrop of radical cultural upheaval in Southern California in the 1960s. A time that was characterized in the field of art by cross-border, interdisciplinary approaches, a meeting of art and science, and a shift away from object-based practices.
Beginning in the 1970s, Irwin pursued a radically site-specific approach, creating “site-specific” artworks that he develops out of the conditions of the space. Here too, in Berlin’s former combined heat and power plant, he creates a new experiential relationship with the environment through the transformation of space and challenges the visitor:s to question the idea of perception.
Irwin’s Light and Space series, begun in 2007, consists of fluorescent tubes arranged in rhythmic but indecipherable abstract patterns on white walls. For Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin), the artist combines blue and white fluorescent tubes for the first time, installed on a monumental, freestanding 16-by-16-foot wall. In Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin) he develops his concept further and plays on both sides of the free-standing wall in a double-sided installation.
Bettina Kames, Director of LAS: “We are an institution for artists. Together with them, we want to realize their greatest dreams and ambitions. Light and Space (Kraftwerk Berlin) is not only impressive because of its immense size, but above all it reveals how radical and unconventional Robert Irwin was and is. Just like LAS, he pursues a forward-looking, interdisciplinary practice for which he has collaborated with other artists and scientists – from James Turrell to NASA. This is in keeping with LAS’s vision of creating projects that work at the intersection of art, the latest technologies, and science to discuss the future.”
About Robert Irwin
Robert Irwin (born 1928, Long Beach, California, USA) lives and works in San Diego, California. He has had solo exhibitions at Pratt Institute, New York (2019), the University Art Museum at California State University, Long Beach (2018), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2016), the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC (2010), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2007), the Dia Center for the Arts, New York (1998), the Musée d’art contemporain, Lyon (1998), the Reina Sofía, Madrid (1995), the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris (1994), the Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (1994), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1993). Since the early 1970s, Irwin has implemented site-specific installations in indoor and outdoor spaces around the world, including at institutions such as the Chinati Foundation, Marfa, TX (2016), the Dia:Beacon (2015), the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2013), the Secession in Vienna (2013), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2010), and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2009).
LAS is a Berlin-based art platform at the intersection of art, technology and science. With experimental projects in unconventional locations, both in digital and physical space, LAS continues to explore innovative forms of exhibition practice. In its reflections on the future, LAS follows its leitmotif of light – a symbol that stands for cross-border thinking, new knowledge and innovation.
Also on view at LAS Parallel to Robert Irwin’s exhibition, LAS at Kraftwerk Berlin presents a series of dance performances developed and realized by choreographer Sharon Eyal and her co-creator Gai Behar. For more information, visit lightartspace.org.
Kraftwerk Berlin, Köpenicker Straße 70, 10179 Berlin-Mitte
Tickets 10 EUR / 5 EUR reduced / 17 EUR Families (2 Adults + max 3 Children) / Children up to 18 years free entry, find out more here:
Sunday, 5. December 2021 — Sunday, 30. January 2022
Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday 01:00 pm – 08:00 pm
Thursday 01:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday 01:00 pm – 20:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Last admission 1 hour before the exhibition closes.
Closed on Mondays
The exhibition is also closed on the following days:
- December 24 / 25 / 31, 2021
- January 1, 2022
- January 26 / 27, 2022
- 15 / 28 / 29 January closed as of 6 pm