Jeff Wall, Passerby (Detail), 1996

In the Spotlight of the Night
Life in the Gloom

26.10.2019 –

The invention of the light bulb is an achievement of the 19th century which, particularly in the pulsating metropolises of the world, put an end to the natural alternation of day and night. Glaringly illuminated filling stations, shopping centres, shift work and night clubs are just some aspects of this development.


The night without boundaries is the focus of this major exhibition, presenting works from early modernism to the present in pursuit of the question of how the natural order of bright and dark, of activity and sleep has been turned on its head, how perception and everyday routine change fundamentally and intermediate worlds are created. In pictures, sculptures and installations, visitors can experience how the twilight can inspire the imagination and how the masquerade of nocturnal actors is brightly exposed in the glare of artificial light.

The exhibition and the catalogue are the result of collaboration between KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf, and Marta Herford. and Marta Herford. The historical core in the Marta Herford is based on a partial takeover from the Centre Pompidou Metz.



Berenice Abbott, David Altmejd, Elvira Bach, Anna-Eva Bergman, Christian Boltanski, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Boyce, Brassaï, André Breton, Michael Buthe, Auguste Chabaud, Clément Cogitore, Robert Delaunay, Kees van Dongen, Marlene Dumas, Henri Evenepoel, Conrad Felixmüller, FORT, Rodney Graham, George Grosz, Simon Hantaï, Nicholas Hlobo, Alex Katz, Martin Kippenberger, William Klein, Martin Kohout, Germaine Krull, František Kupka, Anna Lange, Ján Mančuška, Hans Op de Beeck, Philippe Parreno, Emilie Pitoiset, Sigmar Polke, Alexandra Ranner, Man Ray, Alona Rodeh, Silke Silkeborg, Arnold Schönberg, Jan Sluijters, Andrea Stappert, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James Turrell, Félix Vallotton, Anna Vogel, Jeff Wall, Ambera Wellmann, Michael Wolf

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Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.