Lichtkunst aus Kunstlicht / Light Art from Artificial Light

Licht als Medium der Kunst im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert / Light as a Medium in 20th and 21th Century Art

Cover of the publication »Lichtkunst aus Kunst Licht / Light Art from Artificial Light«

Type of publication
Exhibition catalog
Author / Editor
Peter Weibel and Gregor Jansen (Eds.)
Publishing house, place
Hatje Cantz, Ostfildern

With over seven hundred color illustrations of works by all of the important light artists – a new standard work on the subject.

More than almost any other medium, electric light has revolutionized and democratized our world. Today we live in cities and gardens of light, and for almost a century, artists have been working with light bulbs, fluorescent and neon light, glowing LEDs, and powerful spotlights. This comprehensive publication offers a broad overview of the development of this genre, from the pioneers of light art in the 1920s and the immersing and interactive environments of ZERO, GRAV, Gruppo T, and Gruppo N, to the early light artists from Europe and North and South America. Outstanding contemporary productions – with their profound illuminated spheres, ironic cross-references, and fascinating plays of filigreed light – complete this glowing spectrum of explorations of artificial light.

German and English
713 p., numerous ill.
ISBN 10 3-7757-1774-9; ISBN 13 978-3-7757-1774-8
Organization / Institution
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe

Sammlung Boros ; Sammlung FER ; Sammlung Froehlich ; Sammlung Grässlin ; Sammlung Siegfried Weishaupt ; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna (T-B A21) ; Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg ; Stiftung VAF


EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG; Zumtobel Staff AG ; LBBW Landesbank Baden-Württemberg ; Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg ; Stadt Karlsruhe