Temple东景缘 presents James Turrell’s Gathered Sky
The visionary artist James Turrell awed the audience with a retrospective at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and a monumental installation at Guggenheim in New York in 2013. The first and only Skyspace by James Turrell in China, Gathered Sky is located at Temple东景缘, adjacent to a Qing dynasty temple complex and just steps away from the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. Exceptionally open for "Sunset Session" viewings during Beijing Design Week 2013, Gathered Sky by James Turrell was an instant success, with a full house every evening. Due to the great demand, Temple东景缘 proudly opened Gathered Sky to the general public every Sunday in 2014 and it is currently also open to the public on Saturdays and Mondays at sunset.
A Skyspace consists of a room with an oculus, an opening on the ceiling, which allows viewers to contemplate the naked sky. The design and architecture of Skyspaces follow Turrell's meticulous specifications, and are conceived in such a way as to remove everything but the light, to create the ideal setting in which viewers can observe the spectacular interplay between artificial and natural light. The sky, something that is normally beyond human reach, is brought down to our level.
The experience of Turrell's art require a degree of surrender: surrender of your preconceived notions and certitudes.
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