ACMI – Light: Works from Tate’s Collection

The exclusive Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition Light: Works from Tate’s Collection has opened at ACMI. Curated by the Tate, this exhibition is a rare opportunity to experience the expansive collection of one of Britain’s most famous cultural institutions.

Light features over 70 works spanning 200 years of art history including painting, photography, sculpture, drawing, kinetic art, installation and moving images, with many artworks shown for the first time in Australia.

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This major exhibition explores the theme of light and celebrates artists who have captured and harnessed light in their art forms.

Visitors can view multiple rooms that showcase historical paintings by iconic artists J. M. W. Turner, John Constable, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers. As well as transient light effects captured by Impressionist painters Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley.

These artists are alongside groundbreaking works from modern and contemporary artists: Olafur Eliasson, Yayoi Kusama, James Turrell, Tacita Dean and Liliane Lijn.

Highlights from Light: Works from Tate’s Collection include:

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John Brett‘s The British Channel Seen from the Dorsetshire Cliffs (1871) explores the effect of light on the open channel with blue water reflecting the soft rays of the unseen sun.

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Olafur Eliasson’s spectacular rotating hanging sculpture Stardust Particle (2014) changes appearance depending on the lighting conditions and position of the viewer.

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Yayoi Kusama’s The Passing Winter (2005) is a mirrored cube positioned at eye level that invites viewers to peek through the circular holes on each side. The viewer will see multiple reflections, giving the illusion of infinite space.

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Peter Sedgley (born 1930) creates the illusion of movement on the canvas, with a series of spray-painted circles of different colours arranged to present colour changes.

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Bridget Riley’s Nataraja (1993) uses geometric shapes and colour to explore the nature of perception and movement in her work.

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Light: Works from Tate’s Collection

Date: 16 June – 13 November 2022
Time: 12 pm – 5 pm (Mon – Fri), 10 am – 6 pm (Sat & Sun)
Location: Gallery 4, Lower Ground, ACMI Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Price: $10 – $65

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