Hans Op de Beeck: Location 2, 2001, Sammlung Marta, © the artist

In the Spotlight of the Night
Life in the Gloom
26.10. – 09.02.2020

A publication is being prepared


Soon more on the blog (German)

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 in Düsseldorf and Marta Herford. The historical core in the Marta Herford is based on a partial takeover from the Centre Pompidou Metz.



Hans Op de Beeck, Elvira Bach, Martin Boyce, Auguste E. Chabaud, Max Ernst, FORT, Rodney Graham, George Grosz, Martin Kippenberger, Amédée Ozenfant, Philippe Parreno, Emilie Pitoiset, Alexandra Ranner, Anna Vogel, Jeff Wall, and many other


Thank you

Project cooperation

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Marta Partner

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