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Weithin leuchtend – tief unter der Erde strahlend

Zentrum für Internationale Lichtkunst Unna, Unna

Foto: Frank Vinken

The collection of the Centre for International Light Art in the former Linden beer brewery is unique in character. Visible from afar by its 52 metres high sky reaching chimney, since 2001 this contemporary art form is shown deep underground in a presentation area of 2.600 square meters. Its uniqueness lies in the fact that the museum merely shows light art installations. All installations were especially created for the characteristic museum spaces, and are individually tailored to their location in their aesthetic and technical appearance.

Meanwhile, thirteen of the most internationally renowned light artists created permanent installations. Mario Merz, Joseph Kosuth, Mischa Kuball, Rebecca Horn, Christina Kubisch, Keith Sonnier, Jan van Munster, François Morellet, Christian Boltanski, Brigitte Kowanz and Olafur Eliasson. Focus of the collection are two major works by James Turrell.

In its form, the Centre for International Light Art is worldwide the first and only museum that focuses on the presentation of light art. The encounter between avant-garde light art and historic building substance creates a distinctive atmosphere and stages an exciting dialogue between the past and the future.

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