OPEN AT NIGHT: Festival of Lights
Since her appointment as director of the Villa Medici, Muriel Mayette-Holtz has been intent on establishing a core role there for light and its creative variations. The task was entrusted to light sculptor Yann Kersalé, who has responded with an unobtrusively spellbinding system of illumination perfectly attuned to the palace’s character and heritage. As Muriel Mayette-Holtz puts it, “Implemented with artist Yann Kersalé, this impressive project reveals, colors, illuminates and heightens the Villa Medici’s treasures.”
In the wake of this project the director of the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici is initiating a new one, in the form of temporary installations: “Thanks to curator Chiara Parisi we’re now launching the first of a series of light shows in the Villa gardens.”
The Festival of Lights, then, represents a brand-new exhibition format designed specifically for this garden setting. Titled Open at Night, its first edition will be open to the public from 16 December 2017 through 28 January 2018, every Friday through Sunday. The aim is an experimental vision of the gardens, a nocturne in the form of a labyrinth of open-air installations by internationally renowned contemporary artists:
Rosa Barba, Camille Blatrix, Christian Boltanski, Nina Canell & Robin Watkins, Maurizio Cattelan, Trisha Donnelly, Jimmie Durham, Elmgreen & Dragset, Felix González-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Joan Jonas, Hassan Khan, Lee Mingwei, François Morellet and Otobong Nkanga.