Carlos Cruz-Diez, Chromosaturation, 1965/2010. © ADAGP, Paris 2016.
Lightopia is a project commissioned by the Vitra Design Museum in joint partnership with EDP Foundation. The exhibition was shown at Vitra Design Museum’s main building, in Weil am Rhein, in Germany, in Espace Fondation EDF, in Paris, and at Design Museum Gent, in Belgium.
By studying the ways that electric light has revolutionised the world around us, artists, designers and architects showcase examples of its usage – and reinvention – in art, design, architecture and many other areas. The exhibition explores the narrative of light throughout time using important art and design pieces – some of them unique or never before exhibited – in an attempt to illustrate light’s design and technological development from its earliest representations right up to the most futuristic tendencies.
The exhibition space is divided into four sections: Living in Lightopia; Drawing and Light Icons; Colour, Space and Movement and Light in the Future. The exhibition gathers over 300 works, including iconic pieces from Vitra Design Museum’s collection, signed by designers such as Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Achille Castiglioni, Gino Sarfatti or Ingo Maurer, as well as works by contemporary artists such as Olafur Eliasson, Troika, Chris Fraser, Daan Roosegaarde or Joris Laarman, among many others.