Light Show

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.

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.

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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.


Venue details

Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road London SE1 8XX 0844 847 9910 www.southbankcentre.co.uk/hayward

Entry details

£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

the-guardian

This dazzling, frazzling light show takes visitors to the moon – and beyond


the-arts-desk

A beautiful and playfully illuminating exhibition


evening-standard

There can’t be a better gallery for Light Show than the brutalist, daylight-deprived Hayward


the-guardian

A show of art that twinkles, glitters, radiates and glows


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