The exhibition presented over forty kinetic light works by Julio Le Parc, mostly dating from the 1960s.
Along with his fellow members of the Groupe de Recherche d’Art Visuel (GRAV), in the 1960s Julio Le Parc broke radically with artistic convention, rejecting static images in favor of a dynamism that placed works of art in a constant state of flux, eliminating the possibility of fixed viewpoints. The animated play of light in his lumino-kinetic pieces transforms space, continually dissolving and recreating it and making the viewer an integral part of a Gesamtkunstwerk.
Le Parc’s kinetic works resist interpretation in specific terms. That is the artist’s intention. Seeking to grant a greater measure of self-determination to his viewer-participants, Le Parc would be the last to impose a particular view on them. The profoundly human character of his work, and its political dimension, lie in this rigorous eschewal of absolute claims. This is a free and democratic art, full of respect for humanity, anti-authoritarian, and averse to the cult of genius.
Curator: Hans-Michael Herzog