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To the Moon via the Beach

Announcement that work has commenced will be made by three short blasts on an air horn – drawing people to the Amphitheatre. This is an exhibition about work, production and change – ideas in constant motion. A moonscape will be created around which artists will develop new ideas. Everything will be visible – no difference between production, presentation and exchange.
- Liam Gillick and Philippe Parreno, 2012

The Luma Foundation invited 21 internationally-acclaimed artists to come to Arles, France, to work in its Roman Amphitheatre:
Uri Aran, Daniel Buren, Elvire Bonduelle, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Loretta Fahrenholz, Fischli & Weiss, Jef Geys, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster/Ari Benjamin Meyers/Tristan Bera, Douglas Gordon, Pierre Huyghe, Klara Lidén, Renata Lucas, Benoît Maire, Oscar Murillo, Anri Sala, Pilvi Takala, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Tris Vonna-Michell, Lawrence Weiner.

This important historical site, a major tourist attraction often used for bullfighting and festivals, hosts an exhibition under constant transformation.
At the start of To the Moon via the Beach, visitors encountered an arena covered in tons of sand. Over the course of the exhibition, the terrain was slowly transformed from a beach to a moonscape by a team of world-class sand sculptors led by Wilfred Stijger.

This site under constant motion acted as a backdrop to a series of interventions from the artists who produced works in and around the arena. The project was a pre-cursor to the development of the Luma Arles campus manifested in the re-use of the sand brought into Arles to create this shifting landscape.

Conceived by Philippe Parreno and Liam Gillick.
Curated by Tom Eccles, Liam Gillick, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philippe Parreno, Beatrix Ruf.
Commissioned and produced by the Luma Foundation for the Parc des Ateliers in Arles.

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