James Turrell at a Major Art and Color Exhibition in Järna Fri, May 13, 2011

The exhibition SEE! COLOUR! was in Järna, featuring primarily large, spectacular, custom-built installations by James Turrell, one of the world’s foremost artists in light, color, and space. The initiative runs from May 15 to October 2, 2011, and also included several parallel exhibitions and activities in and around the Kulturhuset in Ytterjärna – in an environment with a long tradition of color and aesthetics.

At SEE! COLOUR!, James Turrell presents his largest exhibition in decades, now titled The Light Inside. SEE! COLOUR! is an entire exhibition campus with around ten exhibition spaces both indoors and outdoors. In addition to a series of spectacular installations and works by James Turrell, SEE! COLOUR! features several colorful separate exhibitions. These include a large selection of Goethe’s color experiments, a selection of works by the Swedish, early pioneer of modern art, Hilma af Klint, and drawings by Rudolf Steiner.

James Turrell is internationally renowned and has exhibitions in many leading art museums and permanent installations in 26 countries. He is best known for his unique installations, often consisting of different types of rooms where Turrell, with the help of color and light, creates interesting and tangible sensations of vast space and color interplay, allowing the viewer room for their own interpretations of their vision.

At SEE! COLOUR!, James Turrell has custom-built several large installations, including Scandinavia’s first Skyspace, which will also become permanent in Järna. It is a designed space with an opening to the sky and programmed light sources that interact with the changing light of the sky. Turrell also exhibits a specially built Ganzfeld, a large room where visitors are completely immersed in changing colors, providing a sensation of infinity among other experiences. The exhibition also features specially built Wedgework and Dark Space installations, dark rooms with dim light sources where visitors slowly begin to see something that may be entirely their own sensations or fantasies. Another unique installation and experience is Bindu Shards, a capsule with room for one person exposed to a fireworks display of color and light, with the field open for personal interpretations. At SEE! COLOUR!, Turrell also exhibits other works, including a slowly shifting light and color piece titled Tall Glass. Turrell’s most famous work is Roden Crater, an observatory in an extinct volcano in Arizona and arguably the world’s largest artwork, presented in the form of models and images.

In a separate exhibition within SEE! COLOUR!, many of the polymath Goethe’s interdisciplinary color experiments are displayed, which have had a significant impact on how we use color in various contexts today. It is a touring exhibition shown across Europe in conjunction with the 200th anniversary of Goethe’s publication On the Theory of Colors.

SEE! COLOUR! also features a separate exhibition by the Swedish artist Hilma af Klint, who, long after her lifetime, is attracting increasing international interest as a pioneer of modernism. The exhibition showcases a selection of works emphasizing her original and symbolic use of color. Hilma af Klint is also the subject of a major exhibition at the Moderna Museet in 2013.

In another separate exhibition, around twenty drawing paintings by Rudolf Steiner, the founder of anthroposophy, are displayed. Inspired by Goethe, he developed his own thoughts and theories on how color could be used in various fields. The drawings come from some of Steiner’s many lectures and are currently exhibited in several museums around the world.

SEE! COLOUR! is organized by Kulturforum Järna and caters to both art enthusiasts and those interested in new experiences and impressions of color and light. In addition to the exhibitions themselves, SEE! COLOUR! also includes a series of lectures, films, workshops, conferences, and events.