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DRIFT: Shylight – Pinakothek der Moderne | 11.04-12.05.2024

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Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum presents from 11. April 2024 “Shylight”, a site-specific installation by the Dutch designer duo DRIFT, in the Rotunda of the Pinakothek der Moderne. 

Image above: DRIFT, Shy Synchrony Design Miami Basel, Photo by Ossip van Duivenbode

DRIFT is an Amsterdam-based studio founded in 2007 by artist Lonneke Gordijn and artist Ralph Nauta. With an interdisciplinary team, they develop tangible sculptures, installations and performances that explore the relationships between nature, technology and people. The performative installation “Shylight” fascinates with its elegant movement sequences and the poetry of its appearance. The objects suspended from the ceiling of the rotunda and controlled by industrial motors are reminiscent of flowers with their chalice-like structures. These flower-like objects open and close as they move down and up, appearing to perform a contemplative dance according to their own choreography. 

“Certain types of flowers close at night, for self-defence and to conserve their resources. This highly evolved natural mechanism is called ‘nyctinasty’ and inspired Studio Drift to create Shylight, a sculpture that unfolds and retreats to its original state to make a fascinating choreography, mirroring the nyctinasty of real flowers. Man-made objects tend to have a static form, while everything natural in this world, including people, are subject to constant metamorphosis and adaptation to their surroundings. ‘Shylight’ is the result to the question how an inanimate object can mimic those changes that express character and emotions.” (DRIFT) 

“Shylight” by DRIFT is a modular installation that is presented in various constellations at different locations. The Shylight installation developed by DRIFT for the Pinakothek der Moderne consists of a total of 9 objects in two different sizes, which transform the rotunda into a stage.


Thursday, 11. April until Sunday, 12. Mai 2024
Daily 10 am – 6 pm
Thu 10 am – 8 pm
Mon closed


Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München


10 Euro | Reduced 7 Euro
Sunday admission 1 Euro
Day pass | 12 Euro

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