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.

Exhibitions

Picture Industry: A Provisional History of the Technical Image, 1844–2018

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.

Gilbert & George:
THE GREAT EXHIBITION (1971-2016)

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.

Pipilotti Rist - Pixel Forest

Pixel Forest by Pipilotti Rist is one of the most recent works by the Zurich-based artist, presented here for the first time in France. The installation comprised of 3,000 LED lights, resembles a movie screen that has exploded into the space, immersing the viewer in a room-size 3-dimensional video. When walking into this forest of lights, the walls around seem to disappear. Video is used as a source of enlightening radiance that melts tenderly with the surroundings and blurs the lines between object, environment, image, and light.

Arthur Jafa - APEX

Following last year’s Love Is the Message, The Message is Love, acclaimed filmmaker, cinematographer, and visual artist Arthur Jafa presents here his seminal video APEX (2013) for the first time in France. The striking music-driven 8-minute video work proposes a vibrant scenario in which the histories drawn from the African American narrative of Blackness bear universal significance.

Amar Kanwar - Such a Morning

Amar Kanwar is most known for his documentary films but in his latest film, which premiered last year at documenta 14, he narrates a modern parable about two people’s quiet engagement with truth. In Such a Morning, a renowned mathematics professor retires, cutting his prestigious career short rather unexpectedly, and retreats to the wilderness to live in an abandoned train carriage. Thus, starts an epic journey into a new plane of emotional resonance between environment and the senses.

Lily Gavin : A Story with Vincent

Following her graduation from Bard College, Gavin found herself taking photographs at the Saint Rémy Asylum on the invitation of filmmaker Julian Schnabel who invited her to be the on-set stills and behind -the -scenes photographer for his new film At Eternity’s Gate about Van Gogh’s life in Arles. She documented the recreated world of Van Gogh every day for 8 weeks, shooting entirely in 35 mm and 120 mm film. While growing up in a digital world, Gavin’s inclination tow ard analogue photography started at a very young age. The series of photographs taken during the film shoot of At Eternity’s Gate, is a result of Gavin’s communion with Schnabel’s vision of Van Gogh’s world.

Upcoming

Offprint Paris

Offprint is an itinerant project to support independent, experimental publishers working in the fields of contemporary art, photography, graphic design, architecture, humanities and visual culture.

Produced by Luma since 2015, it is held periodically in London, Paris, Milan, and Arles, France. This year, the 9th edition of Offprint Paris Art book fair will present an exceptional selection of 130 avant-garde international publishers.

The list of participating publishers and the practical information will soon be announced later on this page.

To apply, please contact us at application@offprint.org.

Luma Days

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.