Beginning Saturday, January 26, Peder Lund will present a selection of light works by the American artist Dan Flavin (1933–1996), a key figure of minimal and conceptual art. The show is the first solo show of the artist in Norway and includes central works, mostly from the 1960s, that have never been shown in Scandinavia before. Through this assembly of key works by the artist, the viewer can experience firsthand what it means to treat “light as a matter of fact,” as Flavin once described his practice.
Flavin’s work was included in a number of key, early exhibitions of minimal art in the 1960s and his work would continue to be presented internationally over the course of the pursuant decades at such venues as the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (1986) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (1992), among others. A major museum retrospective devoted to Flavin’s work was organized, in cooperation with the Estate of Dan Flavin, by the Dia Art Foundation in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., where it was first on view in 2004 and traveled from 2005 to 2007 internationally. In 2012, the Morgan Library and Museum, New York, presented a retrospective of the artist’s drawings and, in 2012–13, a retrospective exhibition of the artist’s work traveled from the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, to the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland. In 2016, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, UK, presented Dan Flavin: It is what it is and it ain’t nothing else.