Light Upon Light: Light Art Since the 1960s
“Light Upon Light: Light Art since the 1960s” is a landmark retrospective exhibition of light art divided into four sectional “rays” that survey light as an artistic medium: “Perceiving Light,” “Experiencing Light,” “Projecting Light,” and “Environmental Light.” Each ray blends time and unites established artists of diverse geographic origin.
From immersive installation to video and sculpture, visitors to “Light Upon Light” will experience a richly illuminated exhibition in all its spatial and sensory phenomena.
The exhibition is curated by Susan Davidson, former Senior Curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and Raneem Zaki Farsi, Curator, Art Advisor and an expert in Saudi Arabia’s contemporary art scene.
Noor Riyadh is a new citywide annual festival of light and art organized by Riyadh Art, the first national public art initiative in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which transforms the city of Riyadh into a gallery without walls, and a creative powerhouse for the digital age. The Noor Riyadh festival consists of numerous public art installations across the city; "Light Upon Light: Light Art since the 1960s," a landmark exhibition of light art; and a diverse program of talks, workshops and events.
Riyadh Art features some of the most prominent names in the international art world alongside an expansive roster of emerging and established local and regional artists. Noor Riyadh features over 60 artists, including Daniel Buren, Carsten Höller, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Yayoi Kusama, Dan Flavin and Robert Wilson, alongside Saudi artists Ahmed Mater, Lulwah Al Homoud, Ayman Zedani, Rashed AlShashai and Maha Malluh.