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Beacon, 2021

Beacon is a new large-scale sculptural installation by Karolina Halatek that invites viewers to be immersed in a dazzling white light in the form of a pillar which points towards the sky to evoke the sublime matters between heaven and earth. On one hand, the light pillar is used as a sign of guidance and protection; on the other, its white light includes all colors of the spectrum and refers to the concepts of completeness, of fullness. 

The piece has a monumental quality that acts as a beacon, yet also offers a small, intimate space that viewers can enter, experiencing the work from the inside, shifting their perception and being embraced by an unexpected, extraordinary brightness. Its formal simplicity and the purity of its white light generate a mysterious yet calming effect on those who approach it.


King Abdulaziz Historical Center

Karolina Halatek (b. 1985) is a Polish artist who uses light as her work’s primary medium to create experiential site-specific spaces that incorporate visual, architectural and sculptural elements. Seeing her work primarily as a catalyst for experience, Halatek creates installations that have immersive characteristics which are often the result of collaborations with quantum physicists, superstring theorists and precision mechanical engineers.

Halatek’s installations have been exhibited internationally including Cloud Square, Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis (2018); Terminal, Aufstiege Light Art Festival, Stuttgart (2016); and Scanner Room, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw (2014).

Upcoming dates

18/03/2021 — 03/04/2021

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James Turrell

James Turrell

James Turrell (b.1943). Beginning his art career in the 1960s, James Turrell’s work is primarily an exploration of light and space. One part meditative and another confounding, Turrell’s works heighten the viewer’s very sense of seeing and place the viewer in a realm of experience.

Saeed Gamhawi

Saeed Gamhawi

Saeed Gamhawi (b.1972) is a Saudi painter and a conceptual artist whose work tackles cultural heritage and social issues.

Mohammed Alsaleem

Mohammed Alsaleem

Mohammed Alsaleem (1939-1997) was the first to hold an exhibition in the city of Riyadh, in 1967. He became famous for his “horizonism” style that was inspired by observing the skyline of Riyadh from the desert.

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