Luma is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition, Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018, a major project exploring the rich history of mechanically-reproduced imagery from the nineteenth century to the present, organized by visual artist and theorist Walead Beshty. The exhibition features over three hundred artworks and objects by approximately one hundred contributors, and includes photography, time-based media, painting and drawing, video, collage, room-size installations. A substantial collection of books and magazines— culled from the artist’s extensive personal archives and various public collections and spanning a visual history of over one hundred and fifty years—weaves throughout the exhibition, reinforcing the themes of the show. The project is further supported by a parallel rotating program of screenings of film-and video-based artworks.
The Luma Foundation was established in 2004 to support the activities of independent artists and pioneers, as well as institutions working in the fields of art and photography, publishing, documentary and multimedia.
At a time of reflection on Gilbert & George’s one-of-a-kind half century of creating Art together, Luma presents The Great Exhibition curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum that seeks to capture and revel in Gilbert & George’s unique universe. Featuring a selection of historical pictures deemed by the artists themselves as the most representative of their art and life together.
The show will travel to Moderna Museet (Stockholm, Sweden), the Astrup Fearnley Museum (Oslo, Norway), the Reykjavik Art Museum (Reykjavik, Iceland).
Gilbert & George: The Great Exhibition (1971-2016) is produced by Luma and Moderna Museet. The exhibition is supported by Parfums Christian Dior.
Luma Days is a yearly forum of art and ideas. It kicks off Luma’s summer program in May with a week filled with public events, conferences, professional workshops, displays and art installations.
During Luma Days, the city of Arles becomes a centre of gravity in the Mediterranean region, where local and international experts, scientists, artists, thinkers, and activists converge with the general public to share ideas and experiences around topical issues of common concern.