The perception of a complex interaction of light and material is one of the principal themes in the artistic work of Adolf Luther (1912-1990). In the 1960s he experimented intensely with reflecting glass and created installations and objects, which came close to approaching his concept of visualising light as an autonomous and non-material medium.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ZERO-artist 401contemporary is delighted to exhibit the spectacular environment „The Focus Room“ (1968) together with Adolf Luther’s famous Materiebilder (dark matter pieces), Hohlspiegelobjekten (kinetic concave mirror objects) and his Lichtschleusen (light traps). The installation is based on a kinetic system of rotating concave mirrors, mounted on the floor. Illuminated by spotlights a dancing ballet of light cones of immaterial form arises: „It creates an energetic sculpture. It is an ethereal figure of alterability and transience.“ (Adolf Luther)