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The perception of a complex interaction of light and materia l is one of the principal themes in the artistic work of Adolf Luther (1912 -1990). In the 1960s he experimented intensely with reflective glass and cr eated installations and objects\, which came close to approaching his conce pt of visualising light as an autonomous and non-material medium. On the oc casion of the 100th anniversary of the ZERO-artist 401contemporay is deligh ted to exhibit the spectacular environment &ldquo\;The Focus Room&rdquo\; ( 1968) together with Adolf Luther&rsquo\;s famous Materiebilder (da rk matter pieces)\, Hohlspiegelobjekte (concave mirror objects) an d his Lichtschleusen (light traps).

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Luther created &bdquo\ ;The Focus Room&ldquo\; in 1968 as an environment for an exhibition at the Rijksuniversitaet in Utrecht making use of a medium unthinkable of nowadays : cigarette smoke. The smoke was supposed to amplify the light cones of the installation and dissociate them from the material object - a kinetic syst em of concave mirrors\, mounted on the floor &ndash\; into an immaterial fo rm of being\, floating in space. As the artist put it: &ldquo\;It creates a n energetic sculpture. It is an ethereal figure of alterability and transie nce.&ldquo\; The cigarette smoke is now simulated by a fog machine &ndash\; this spectacular installation\, which is presented at a gallery exhibition for the very first time\, remains as current and fascinating as it ever wa s.

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The works by Adolf Luther deal with the ideas of the ZERO-manife st\, focusing on renewing the very idea of art by giving up all representat ive means. Just as Christian Megert or Otto Piene\, who also made experimen ts with large-scale kinetic installations\, Luther searched for a way to st rip the artistic work process back to its essentials and to create an alter native to traditional ideas. In the late 1950s he systematically started to reduce the ideas of illusionistic panel painting\, by firstly eliminating perspective\, then pictorial object and finally traditional techniques them selves. For his 1960s Materiebilder (dark matter pieces) he used b road palette-knives instead of brushes to bring his pastose paint to the pa nel ground and worked with mundane objects such as matches or eggshells.

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To experience the pure perception of light\, dispatched from any form of material\, was one of Luther&rsquo\;s main artistic ideas and is essent ial for his works of the 1960s to his late work. Being aware of the fact th at light is always related to matter\, Luther used materials such as glass &ndash\; grinded to lenses\, coated and mechanically moved &ndash\; to atta in the highest possible approach to his ideal. The exhibition displays Luth er&rsquo\;s rare lens objects as well as his famous light traps. &ldquo\;Li ght energy carries images as it travels quickly through the room.&rdquo\; L uther created objects\, which produce constantly alternating visual appeara nces. As he said: &ldquo\;I see light as a transoptical substance of unlimi ted pictorial options.&rdquo\;

DTEND:20130216 DTSTAMP:20140920T015416 DTSTART:20121027 GEO:52.5021483;13.3660343 LOCATION:401contemporary\,Potsdamer Str. 81 B \nBerlin\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:THE FOCUS ROOM. ADOLF LUTHER'S 1960s WORKS\, Adolf Luther UID:241869 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20121026T210000 DTSTAMP:20140920T015416 DTSTART:20121026T180000 GEO:52.5021483;13.3660343 LOCATION:401contemporary\,Potsdamer Str. 81 B \nBerlin\, SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:THE FOCUS ROOM. ADOLF LUTHER'S 1960s WORKS\, Adolf Luther UID:241870 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR