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Light and movement

18.11.2017 – 28.01.2018

I see something you can’t see! Or do you?

The new exhibition “Light and Movement” at kunsthalle messmer shows how deceptive one’s own perception can be. Here, everything revolves around bright colors, optical illusions, and kinetic art.

In this exhibition, the visitor is more than just an observer of art. They interact with the works and are thus included in the exhibition. Experiencing art is the programme here!

Artists such as Victor Vasarély, Hans Kotter, Regine Schumann, Carlos Cruz Diez, Siegfried Kreitner, Kammerer-Luka, Adriano Piu, Ludwig Wilding and many others invite the visitor to intensive perception, show its limits and exceed them.

Victor Vasarély (*1906, †1997, Paris) is a French painter of Hungarian descent. Vasarély first devoted himself to constructive, geometric forms before turning to kinetic art. Later, he co-founded the Op-Art style, which deals primarily with optical effects such as the appearance of movement or flicker and optical illusions.

Regine Schumann (*1961, Goslar), also a German painter and light artist, focuses in her works on fluorescent materials that unfold their effect under black light. The added light energy always results in different effects of light and colors. Schumann assembles her color bodies according to Goethe’s theory of color, which attempts to capture color in its entirety. Her goal: to create “room temperatures”.

The German artist Hans Kotter (*1966, Mühldorf am Inn) works in the field of photography, conceptual and object art. His works also include minimalist light installations in intensely luminous colors, as they will also be shown in the exhibition. At the center of his work is the relationship between light, color, and space.

From Italy comes another important representative of kinetic art, the painter and sculptor Adriano Piu (*1954, Friuli). Already in his youth he devoted himself to painting and quickly found pleasure in working on metal sculptures. The combination of painting and sculpture can be seen in the exhibition in the kunsthalle messmer. Here Adriano Piu shows his series INTERLOCUTORY MOVEMENT with sliding wooden elements. He thus offers an exciting variety of represented motifs and enables the viewer to interact with the art.

The concepts of light, movement, colour and space are also at the centre of attention in the numerous other works of art, including works from the Messmer Collection itself. The works on display offer a great deal of variety and interesting possibilities for perceiving art in general and from one’s own point of view. Not only visually, many new perspectives are opened up.

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