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From Dan Flavin’s lurid neon tubes to Ann Veronica Janssens’ hazy colour washes, 23 large-scale installations will offer visitors the first UK survey of light-based art.
Conrad Shawcross, Slow Arc Inside a Cube IV, 2009
© the artist. Image courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London
Art that uses electric light was born in the 20th century, and this show offers a chance to see the milestones of the last 50 years, from the pioneers of the sixties to brand-new commissions. Many of the works sit in their own own dedicated room.
David Batchelor’s Magic Hour, which was on display in Manchester’s Pavement Gallery in 2012, is a brooding mass of gritty, urban electronica – a cable-strewn stack of found plug boards and light boxes that emits an eerie, fairground glow.
In contrast, Conrad Shawcross’s Slow Arc Inside a Cube uses a sleek, precise mechanism – a light on the end of a compact robotic arm moving inside a small metal lattice. The effect is huge: an immersive, heady rollercoaster ride over a craggy geometric landscape projected on to the walls, floor and ceiling.
£5 with National Art Pass (standard entry £10)
Mon: 12 noon – 6pm
Tue, Wed, Sat, Sun: 10am – 6pm
Thu, Fri: 10am – 8pm
Advance tickets are sold out, but a small number are available on the door each day.
For more information, call the Southbank Centre box office on 0844 875 0073.
What the critics say
This dazzling, frazzling light show takes visitors to the moon – and beyond
A beautiful and playfully illuminating exhibition
There can’t be a better gallery for Light Show than the brutalist, daylight-deprived Hayward
A show of art that twinkles, glitters, radiates and glows