Arken Museum of Modern Art

Light In Darkness

11 Feb - 30 Jul 2017

Jeppe Hein, Moving Neon Cube, 2004. ARKEN Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Anders Sune Berg
Olafur Eliasson, National career lamp, 2007. ARKEN collection. Photo: Anders Sune Berg
YOKE, Intersections, 2016. Photo: Rune Brink
See sculptures from ARKEN's collection that shimmer, flash and light up in the dark.
11 February - 30 July 2017

The artists of our time create sculptures in all conceivable materials – even in what is really a non-material material like light. ARKEN is showing some of the sculptures in the museum’s collection that work with light as part of their expression. Look forward to an exciting and sensual exper­i­ence in the museum’s darkened Large Gallery along with the shimmering, flashing and shining works of art on floor and walls.

The phrase ‘Light in Darkness’ has traditionally been used to express hope, or in a religious sense – but today the artists are most often concerned with light from a scientific point of view. Light is colours. Light is humanity’s precondition of seeing. The exhibition thematises mankind’s sensing and structuring of the surrounding world.

Manmade light

The exhibition includes works by the artists Olafur Eliasson, Jeppe Hein, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Thorbjørn Lausten, Søren Jensen and Martin Erik Andersen. Some of the works have only rarely been exhibited. They are in widely differing formats, colours and idioms, but they all involve artificial light created with electricity.

The light-sculptures, like ourselves, have grown out of the modern age in which we rarely experience truly dark night. Manmade light has conquered the world and there is always something that flashes and buzzes in a big city. Neon signs, car headlights, street lighting and light from the hidden life in behind windows surround us 24 hours a day. In ARKEN’s exhibition the light is detached from the familiar sources and instead forms part of spatial sculptural objects and unexpected constellations.

Futuristic light installation

As part of the exhibition ARKEN also shows the light installation Intersections which has been created by the art and design studio YOKE. The work consists of three cylinders that emit vertical and horizontal light beams. The light moves slowly and is refracted by a light mist. Step in and surround yourself with the light and the lines in YOKE’s vision of the future.

Tags: Martin Erik Andersen, Erik Andersen, Olafur Eliasson, Jeppe Hein