Light Show

Hayward Gallery

30 January – 6 May 2013

£5 with National Art Pass (standard entry £10)

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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.

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 information

Opening times

11am – 7pm every day except Tuesdays when the gallery is closed.

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