March 25, 2010 - Biennale for International Light Art - Open light in private spaces
March 25, 2010

Open light in private spaces

The Solar Anus (1991) from Dennis Adams in the living room
from Mr. Wenseritt in Hamm
Courtesy: Vanmoerkerke Collection, Belgien
Photo: Sabine Schirdewahn, Berlin

Open light in private spaces
28 March – 27 May 2010

Dennis Adams (USA) • Bas Jan Ader, (NL/†) • Bigert + Bergström (S) • Christian Andersson (SE) • John M Armleder (CH) • Heimir Björgúlfsson (IS) • Christian Boltanski (F) • Monica Bonvicini (I) • Eberhard Bosslet (D) • Angela Bulloch (CAN) • Pedro Cabrita Reis (POR) • Jan Christensen (DK) • Jonas Dahlberg (SE) • Björn Dahlem (D) • Knut Eckstein (D) • Olafur Eliasson (DK) • Spencer Finch (USA) • Dan Flavin (USA/† USA) • Sylvie Fleury (CH) • Loie Fuller (USA/† F) • Elin Hansdottir (IS) • Christian Hoischen (D) • Jenny Holzer (USA) • Ann Veronica Janssens (BE) • Haraldur Jónsson (IS) • Kazuo Katase (JP) • Volkhard Kempter (D) • Gunilla Klingberg (SE) • Takehito Koganezawa (JP) • Joseph Kosuth (USA) • Mischa Kuball (D) • Dominik Lejman (PL) • Via Lewandowsky (D) • László Moholy‐Nagy (HU/†USA) • Carsten Nicolai (D) • Olaf Nicolai (D) • Maix Mayer (D) • Francois Morellet (F) • Bruce Nauman (USA) • Anny & Sibel Öztürk (TUR/D) • Fritz Panzer (A) • Philippe Parreno (AL) • Finnbogi Petursson (IS) • Daniel Pflumm (CH) • Julius Popp (D) • Diana Ramaekers (NL) • Lee Ranaldo & Leah Singer (USA, CAN) • Tobias Rehberger (D) • Egill Sæbjornsson (IS) • Michael Samuels (UK) • Keith Sonnier (USA) • Jan Peter E.R. Sonntag (D) • Max Sudhues (D) • James Turrell (USA) • Michel Verjux (F) • Lawrence Weiner (USA) • Haegue Yang (KR) • Jun Yang (CN)

Curator: Matthias Wagner K

Open light in private spaces is the title of the world’s first BIENNALE FOR INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART, which takes place in the eastern Ruhr metropolis in the context of the European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. An exhibition project that sets out to present works of art by internationally renowned artists in 60 private spaces of inhabitants of the cities of Bergkamen, Bönen, Fröndenberg/Ruhr, Hamm, Lünen and Unna.

The 1st BIENNALE FOR INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART, curated by Matthias Wagner K, enables encounters with outstanding works by artists using light as a material. At the same time it permits a look at today’s culture of living, working and residing in the eastern Ruhr area. Especially for the Biennale, 35 artists create new works on the private premises, whilst loans from galleries, private collections and museums are put in a new context.

The BIENNALE FOR INTERNATIONAL LIGHT ART invites to a dialogue with the people of a region that is characterized by structural change, and opens up avenues of thought and spaces for personal experience where comprehension and treatment of light art, publicness and privateness are touched right down to their foundations.

It refers explicitly to the 1986 exhibition directed by Jan Hoet, called ‘Chambres d’amis’, where citizens of Gent opened their apartments and houses for artistic interventions and made them accessible to a large public. Jan Hoet is honorary president of this Biennale.

For further information, opening hours, tours and tickets see:
Press contact: Mirjam Flender,, +49(0)228-184967-7

This biennale was founded by the Biennale für Internationale Lichtkunst gGmbH. Its first presentation has been realized in part by contributions by the federal state of NRW, European Capital of Culture RUHR.2010, Kunststiftung NRW, LWL-Kunststiftung and the participating cities. Sponsors: Philips Deutschland GmbH, RWE AG, AON, Gothaer

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