Switch on Your Mind to ‘Light: Works from Tate’s Collection’ this Winter Season

Switch on Your Mind to ‘Light: Works from Tate’s Collection’ this Winter Season

Stardust particle, 2014, Olafur Eliasson, Tate_ Presented by the artist in honour of Sir Nicholas Serota 2018 © Olafur Eliasson. Photo_ Jens Ziehe.
Words By Jena Carr

Awaken your senses with this extraordinary light exhibit.

A pinnacle of the UK art world is coming to Melbourne’s iconic ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) gallery this Thursday, the 16th of June. ‘Light: Works from Tate’s Collection’ brings an extraordinary selection of artworks and transition you through the use of light to transport the viewer through over 200 years of art history.

The exhibit features the talents of many iconic artists as more than 70 artworks feature within this jam-packed exhibition. Notable names include romantic painter J.M.W. Turner, John Constable, Wassily Kandinsky and Josef Albers. The added atmospheric beauty and excellent light effects enhance these artists’ works juxtaposed through inclusions by impressionist painters Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley. 

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If these names weren’t enough to tickle your art fancy, the above talents help connect with groundbreaking works from some of the best modern and contemporary artists. These works include; Stardust Particle (2014) – a crystalline sculpture by Olafur Eliasson, The Passing Winter (2005) – a kaleidoscopic work by Yayoi Kusama, Raemar, Blue (1969) – an immersive work by James Turrell, Disappearance at Sea (1996) – a 16mm film by Tacita Dean, and Liquid Reflections (1968) – a moving sculpture by Liliane Lijin.

These artists harness the elemental force present within light and art through the various forms of paintings, photography, sculptures, drawings, installations and moving images to change the perceptions of light as both a material and subject.  

With all the artworks presented together, the exhibit guides observers through fascinating periods in time, medium and style through light projected on the viewer’s body which helps transition you through visions of infinite lustre and luminosity.

The exhibition fully accommodates patrons with special needs by offering different ways to enjoy the various artworks. Their accessible visits include a Relaxed Visit for those with ASD or sensory sensitivities, Audio Described Tours for the vision impaired, and Auslan Tours for the hearing impaired. On top of this, the exhibition is also wheelchair-friendly, allowing everyone to comfortably and safely enjoy the exhibit.

The exhibit features alongside the award-winning exhibition ‘The Story of the Moving Image’, demonstrating how light affects the moving image. Organised in cooperation with the Tate family art galleries in London and a part of the ‘Melbourne Winter Masterpieces Exhibitions’, this fantastic experience illuminates centuries of historical and artistic moments. It incorporates film in a unique and broader historical art context.

Tickets are $30 for Adults, $10 for children aged 4-15, and $27 for concession card holders. Save money by being an ACMI Member with the event tickets dropping to $25 for this event and an annual membership cost of $28 per year. Family tickets are also on offer at $65 for two adults and two kids, or bring a group of friends and enjoy access to this event for only $25 per person for a group of twelve people or more.

The exhibition is showing for a limited time, beginning on the 16th of June and concluding on the 13th of November 2022. It is open from 12 pm – 5 pm on Mondays to Fridays, and 10 am – 6 pm on Saturdays to Sundays.

Make sure to catch this exhibit before they turn the lights off for good.

You can purchase tickets to the event via ACMI’s website here