Egill Sæbjörnsson at the Ahlen Art Museum
Light art installation by Egill Saebjörnsson
Inauguration on April 4th 2014 at 9 pm
Live music by Chilly Gonzales (Piano)
On the occasion of its 20th birthday, the Ahlen Art Museum is most happy to present a spectacular, site-specific light art installation by the Icelandic artist Egill Saebjörnsson. The project is part of HELLWEG – ein LICHTWEG and was generously financed by the Art and Culture Programme of the Land North-Rhine Westphalia and the Theodor F. Leifeld-Foundation.
The installation “Cascade” will turn the art museum’s arched roof into a fascinating light scultpure. Descending stripes of light will evoke an impression of fluent movement. Situated near the city’s former West Gate, close to the river Werse, and in the middle of heavily trafficked streets, the installation ingeniously picks up the place’s characteristics and transforms them to create a unique esthetic experience.
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Egill Saebjörnsson, born in Reykjavik in 1973, has been living and working in Berlin for 15 years. He studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts and at the University of Paris, St. Denis. The works of this multi-talented artist are an exceptional fusion of installation, video, sound, and music. Egill Saebjörnsson had exhibitions and projects in New York, Kopenhagen, Helsinki, Tokio, Berlin etc. At a restricted artist contest in August 2013, arranged by the Theodor F.-Leifeld-Foundation, “Cascade” unanimously won the first price. It is the artist’s first permanent video installation to be realised in public space.
Chilly Gonzales, Canada, is an infamous Jazz pianist, singer, rapper, producer, songwriter, entertainer, and generally a class of its own. Both his “Solo-Piano” albums, neither jazz nor classic, were highly acclaimed by the critics. This year, Chilly Gonzales won a Grammy with Daft Punk’s RAM “Album of the Year”.
Within the framework of HELLWEG – ein LICHTWEG, about 40 exceptional light art installations and objects were realised during the past years, forming a tight net of beaming light points with the Centre for International Light Art at its hub, including works by Mario Merz, Mischa Kuball and Maik & Dirk Löbbert.