Light show at the Guggenheim Museum, NY

June, 27 2013 10:00

Posted inArchitecture

James Turrell, the American light artist from the 1960s, has built the largest temporary installation that the Guggenheim Museum rotunda has ever seen, called ‘Aten Reign’. 





This site-specific project focuses on the artist’s studies of perception, light, colour and space, filling the rotunda with artificial and natural light in 60-minute cycles, moving across the colour spectrum.





“Reorienting visitors’ experiences of the rotunda from above to below, Aten Reign gives form to the air and light occupying the museum’s central void, proposing an entirely new experience of the building.” (Guggenheim Museum)




Previous works from Turrell are also exhibited on the annex level galleries, giving the visitor a more complete overview of the artist’s ideas and studies on light.





Images: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York