paul mcdevitt co-curates 'herbei ein licht!' at lismore castle arts: st carthage hall

20 August 2011
'Herbei ein Licht!' presents a group exhibition of 18 German artists responding to the themes inherent in Goethe's most influential work, Faust. The works were installed in a completely dark room, all light sources removed and the walls painted black. The gallery was only open to one viewer at a time. Visitors were provided with a single candle and encouraged to navigate the darkened space and find their own path through the works, thus accentuating the intimate nature of the exhibited works and imparting a different viewing experience each time.
  

Most of the artists were exhibiting in Ireland for the first time and included internationally renowned artists such as John Bock, Thomas Zipp, Andy Hope 1930, Alicja Kwade and Thomas Kiesewetter. The exhibition included site-specific pieces, such as Claudia Weiser's large-scale wall work, and an intermittent soundtrack provided by Markus Selg. The majority of the exhibited works were made especially for Herbei ein Licht!; one of the most comprehensive group exhibition of contemporary German Art yet staged in Ireland.

Artists in the exhibition were: Matti Isan Blind, John Bock, Matthias Dornfeld, Ingeborg Gabriel, Thomas Helbig, Gregor Hildebrandt, Andy Hope 1930, Alicja Kwade, Thomas Kiesewetter, Adrian Lohmüller, Cornelius Quabeck, Bernd Ribbeck, Gitte Schäfer, Cornelia Schmidt-Bleek, Markus Selg, Klaus Weber, Claudia Wieser and Thomas Zipp.

This exhibition was curated by Paul McDevitt and Declan Clarke.