The Illusion of Light

Palazzo Grassi
13/04/2014 - 06/01/2015


From April 16, 2014, to January 6, 2015, Palazzo Grassi hosts “The Illusion of Light”, an exhibition curated by Caroline Bourgeois.

“The Illusion of Light” brings together works by contemporary artists who, from the 1960s to today, have explored the physical and aesthetic, symbolic and philosophical stakes of an essential dimension of human experience: light.

An Infinity RoomInfinity Room by Doug Wheeler, a blinding and disorienting light installation, welcomes the visitor. Through the work of twenty contemporary artists – including Julio Le Parc, Danh Vo, Antoni Muntadas, Marcel Broodthaers – the visitor is invited along the way to create his own path between the opposite polarities of black and white, day and night, visible and invisible, realty and illusion.



The exhibition catalogue is published by Electa. Graphic design by Leonardo Sonnoli, Tassinari/Vetta.

It includes texts and interviews of artists presented in the exhibition as well as a large selection of archive images and installation views of the works exhibited. Texts: Carlos Basualdo, Frédéric Bonnet, Daria De Beauvais, Michel Gauthier, Thierry Grillet, Will Heinrich, Chrissie Iles, Christophe Kihm, Thomas McDonough, Gianfranco Maraniello, Harmony Murphy, Marco Pasi, Philippe Piguet, Pascal Rousseau Interviews: Latifa Echakhch/Caroline Bourgeois, Danh Vo/Elena Filipovic, Doug Wheeler/Caroline Bourgeois

232 pages
1 edition in 3 languages (Italian, English, French)

Exhibition guide

The Illusion of Light