Leiko Ikemura

In Praise of Light

Leiko Ikemura’s (*1951) exhibition project In Praise of Light at St. Matthew’s Church in Berlin was created at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. A space of light and color, specific to the time and yet timeless, began a dialogue with the church: paintings on glass and canvas, sculptures, and a light installation that filled the apse of the church transformed the church, designed by Friedrich Stüler, into an open, interior space of protection and light, creating a vivid locale for debate and conversation, ad hoc concerts, worship services, and performances. The conversations published in the book reflect the dialogic creation of the exhibition and document the artistic resonance of the show, which was curated by Hannes Langbein and Alexander Ochs.

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Leiko Ikemura

December 2020

ISBN 978-3-7356-0738-6

21 × 27 cm

96 pages

45 colored and 8 b/w illustrations

Gatefold Brochure

Languages: German, English

Hannes Langbein und Alexander Ochs für Stiftung St. Matthäus Berlin  

Text by
Leiko Ikemura, Nicola Kuhn, Hannes Langbein, Friedhelm Mennekes SJ, Pia Müller-Tamm, Alexander Ochs

Design by
Dorka Krasznahorkai, Budapest

In Praise of Light, 2020, Berliner St. Matthäus-Kirche