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James Turrell.
Cherry

10 Dec. 2020 - Jun. 2021

For over fifty years, U.S. artist James Turrell (Los Angeles, 1943) has worked directly with light and space to create artworks that attract viewers, questioning how vision works. Trained in perceptive psychology, mathematics, art history and fine arts, Turrell is also an expert pilot who has been fascinated by light since his Quaker childhood. He started to experiment with it as a medium and an artistic object in the mid-1960s, in Southern California. Turrell states that he uses light “as a material with which to influence or affect the medium, which is perception” and that, “instead of making something about light I wanted it to be light.” He has an outstanding ability to create environments in which space, movement and light – either natural or artificial – are the creative materials that produce the artistic experience.

In 1976, James Turrell began to work on a group of works he called Space Division Constructions. The rooms are divided into two distinct parts: the 'viewing space', which is the space for the viewer entering the installation, and the 'sensing space' from which the light comes through. The two zones interact, creating in the spectator a sensation that is both unsettling and hypnotic. Cherry is part of the ‘Apertures' series, in which a frame-like window in the dividing wall marks out the two spaces. The spectator needs to stay in a dark space during a few minutes before seeing the light monochrome appear.

Turrell has devoted a large part of his career to developing series such as his Skyspaces, enclosed spaces that frame a view of the sky, and his unprecedented large-scale masterwork, Roden Crater, a volcanic crater located outside Flagstaff, Arizona that he began in 1974 and which is still in progress. It is a complex engineering project, where one can contemplate light, time and space and observe the geological and celestial cycles. This work has been presented in institutions such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes (France) in 2018 and Song Art Museum in Beijing (China) in 2019.

With the collaboration of Fundación Almine y Bernard Ruiz-Picasso para el Arte (FABA) and Almine Rech

The access to the installation is included in the general ticket. More information about schedules and prices here.

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WHO IS JAMES TURRELL?

Until June 2021, the MPM projection room is showing three documentaries about this artist.

THE ARTIST'S WEBSITE

Explore the work of one of the greatest living artists!

MICHAEL GOVAN'S INTERVIEW WITH JAMES TURRELL

Conversation with the artist about the different aspects of his unique career, published in Interview magazine on May 23, 2011.

JAMES TURRELL'S WORK IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Museum of Modern Art New York

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Art Institute of Chicago

Foundation Cartier

James Turrell Museum

ESSAY BY DAVID ANFAM

An investigation that puts in context the work of James Turrell with modern painters. Framing the Space of Absence, David Anfam, published in James Turrell: Projection Works, 1966–69.

MUSEUMS ONSTAGE. MORE LIGHT

Museo Picasso Málaga participates with James Turrell's installation in a joint project with other museums in the city.

LET THERE BE LIGHT!. CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP

28 & 29 Dec. from 10am to 2 pm

For children aged 6-12 years

DRAWING WITH LIGHT

18, 21 and 22 Dec. Creative processes that explore the line and the drawing in 'The other Museum'

ILLUMINATED. THE MUSEUM IN MOVEMENT

20 Dec. An activity for families to work on the cyanotype

Highlights

Video

JAMES TURRELL 'CHERRY'

Watch the video that MPM has created on the occasion of the installation in the Museum