Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

A made-to-measure retrospective – with Maurer himself, age 75, helping select works for display and creating installations specifically for Cooper-Hewitt's galleries – Provoking Magic spans almost four decades of acheivement in lighting design.

Self-taught, highly innovative, and nearly poetic in his ideas about light, Maurer's work both references and reinterprets two schools of Germany's design tradition – the 20th century modernism of Bauhaus and Braun, and the 19th century neo-classicisism of Karl Friedrich Schinkel.

Provoking Magic features rare prototypes, serially produced lamps and unique pieces, as well as photographs and films documenting his projects. Having created nearly 200 different lights in his Munich studio over the last 40 years, Maurer continues to follow the light from the basic bulb to the modern LED screen, provoking ideas of light and dark, form and function, our fascination with beautiful, bright things and our base attraction to light.

September 14, 2007–January 27, 2008
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
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