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Light: Works from Tate’s Collection

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    Photograph: Jens Ziehe © Olafur EliassoOlafur Eliasson, 'Stardust particle' 2014
  2. Yayoi Kusama's 'The Passing Winter', a missored room in which many, many circles reflect endlessly in the space
    Photograph: © Yayoi Kusama. TateYayoi Kusama, 'The Passing Winter' 2005
  3. A large, blue, neon rectangle glowing against a blue wall. A person stands admiring it and showing that the rectangle is at least as tall as a man
    Photograph: Chen Hao © James TurrellJames Turrell, 'Raemar, Blue' 1969

Time Out says

ACMI is bringing more than 70 light-themed artworks from the Tate for its 2022 winter masterpieces exhibition

The UK's Tate museum is known as one of the world's foremost art institutions – but this winter you won't have to leave Melbourne to see works from this renowned gallery. 

Light: Works from Tate’s Collection is bringing more than 70 works from the Tate's impressive national collection to ACMI as part of the Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series. As the exhibition title suggests, the works coming to this Australian exclusive showcase all relate to the theme of 'light' and span 200 years of art history and mediums such as painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, kinetic art, installation and (of course, it's ACMI) the moving image. 

As part of the exhibition, you can see works from painters famous for their depictions and mastery of light in natural environments– think J.M.W. Turner, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet and Alfred Sisley – as well as those who work with light in a more abstract sense, such as Wassily Kandinsky and Bridget Riley.

These paintings are complemented by contemporary, large scale installations that capture and explore light in all its forms. Highlights include James Turrell's immersive glowing work 'Raemar, Blue'; Olafur Eliasson's reflective, interstellar 'Stardust Particle' installation; and Yayoi Kusama's 'The Passing Winter' – one of Kusama's famed infinity spaces, which you can peer into. 

Light has been curated by the Tate and will be supported by a series of talks, performances, film screenings, workshops and events that will further reflect (pun intended) on the themes within the exhibition. The pick of the bunch is a special in-conversation on Friday July 15 with Australian cinematographer Warwick Thornton and film critic Margaret Pomeranz, diving into the technical language connecting light and cinema.

Light: Works from Tate’s Collection is open until November 13. Head to the website for more information. 

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse


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