The National Gallery of Australia’s mind-bending exhibition James Turrell: A Retrospective has for months been stripping visitors of their usual perceptions. Now it’s possible for them to literally strip. For two days, Canberrans (and nudists nationwide) can experience the exhibition from a naturist’s perspective, with nude tours.
This option for viewing his work was previously available at the Japanese exhibition, and when Turrell visited his retrospective last year, he encouraged it to create greater closeness. These officially nude tours are in collaboration with Melbourne artist Stuart Ringholt. Known mostly for his unconventional video art, absurdist sculpture and mirror work, this will be Ringholt’s first collaboration with Turrell.
“We drink light through the skin as Vitamin D,” Turrell says. “So we are literally light eaters. It’s part of our diet.’’ This is likely the way for our bodies to best soak up James Turrell: A Retrospective; to disregard fear and embarrassment. Although be prepared to see your body in a whole new light.
These tours are only for those aged 18 and over. April 1 at 5.30pm, April 2 at 7am and 7.30pm. More details on the National Gallery of Australia’s website.
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