Tuesday 7 February 2023
Tickets to the major international exhibition, Light from Tate: 1700s to Now at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki are now on sale. Opening Wednesday 1 March, this multi-sensory blockbuster exhibition from Britain’s premier art gallery features nearly 100 works by celebrated artists working across different media including painting, photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and the moving image.
Drawn from the collections of Tate, Light from Tate: 1700s to Now showcases the work of some of history’s most reflective artists as they grapple with light as a subject and medium.
In an Aotearoa New Zealand exclusive, Light from Tate: 1700s to Now presents stellar works by a global cast of iconic artists including Josef Albers, John Constable, Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Dan Flavin, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Wassily Kandinsky, Yayoi Kusama, Liliane Lijn, Claude Monet, Lis Rhodes, Bridget Riley, JMW Turner, James Turrell, Pae White and many more.
Traversing three centuries, this expansive exhibition starts in the 18th century and finishes in the present, exploring light in the outdoors, through the lens, in the city and in the home. Light from Tate: 1700s to Now charts artists throughout time as they search for answers to their moral, spiritual and scientific questions through the subject of light.
The craft of painting is juxtaposed with contemporary installations; Liliane Lijn explores light through solid form alongside JMW Turner while Yayoi Kusama’s The Passing Winter, 2005, immerses viewers in a seemingly infinite expanse of floating, luminescent dots, alongside her forebears, the Impressionists.
The profound exhibition is punctuated with moments of wonder and sensory immersion, covering the themes of creation, cosmic energy and the life-giving power of light.
Auckland Art Gallery Director Kirsten Lacy says the Gallery has a proud history working with Tate.
‘Light from Tate: 1700s to Now is a sensational exhibition. Every space is a homage to the transformative power of light and to the artists who sought to harness and explore it. Throughout the exhibition, visitors will feel enlivened, inspired and immersed as they experience the sensory and emotional impacts of light.’