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Turrell Retrospective Headlines Canberra’s Blockbuster Summer

August 30, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

A retrospective exhibition on American artist James Turrell is part of a blockbuster of summer events and exhibitions in the national capital.

Exclusive to Canberra, the exhibitionJames Turrell: A Retrospective features more than 50 works tracing five decades of the American artist’s career from early light projections and holograms through to immersive light installations addressing our perceptions and how we see.

The exhibition will feature spectacular installations purpose-built in Canberra, new acquisitions, drawings, prints and photographs, as well as models and plans for his best known work, the Roden Crater installation in the Arizona desert.405778_num995820_600x600

This ambitious and bold exhibition is a first for the National Gallery of Australia – offering visitors an intimate experience including  Bindu Shades 2010 – where a single viewer lies down in a spherical chamber for 12 minutes to experience Turrell’s ‘behind-the-eyes’ seeing.

Gallery director Ron Radford said the exhibition will give all Australians the opportunity to experience contemporary art at its absolute best.

“When you walk into each of these life-changing, immersive works, you are forced to questions what you are actually seeing,” Radford said. “The great strength and power of light and colour will be experienced by each visitor and is often pushed to its extremes in the work of James Turrell.”

Turrell’s career spans almost five decades, with 140 solo exhibitions worldwide, and permanent installations in museums and private collections, including one in the national capital. Visitors to the National Gallery of Australia will recognise Turrell’s work from the stunning Within without space which opened outside the gallery in 2010.

The exhibition opens 13 December and runs until 7 June 2015, in a bumper summer events calendar that places Canberra on a global stage, enhancing the city’s reputation as a major events destination. Notably, James Turrell: A Retrospective will complement Canberra’s role as a host city for two major global sporting events – the AFC Asian Cup football tournament and the ICC Cricket World Cup.

It’s a summer of football in the capital with Canberra hosting six pool matches and a quarter final of the AFC Asian Cup in January 2015. Canberra Stadium is the venue for all seven matches between 10 and 23 January 2015.

The historic Manuka Oval in Canberra will come alive with world class cricket in February and March when it hosts three International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup matches. On 18 February Afghanistan takes on Bangladesh, on 24 February West Indies plays Zimbabwe and on 3 March, South Africa goes head to head with Ireland.

A packed Manuka Oval is also expected on 28 January when Canberra hosts the T20 Big Bash League final.

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