Magic Lanterns at the V&A

The V&A in London has commissioned artist Mat Collishaw’s Magic Lantern, which will be displayed in the museum from 26 November 2010 – 27 March 2011.

The Magic Lantern will bring a beacon of light to the museum and has been designed to project a rapid succession of images to simulate motion, an illusion first acheived in 1834.  Mat Collishaw has adapted this device and the result is something of staggering and almost haunting beauty.

The Magic Lantern is set to draw your attention from the street and can be seen from Cromwell and Exhibition Roads.  The enchanting lantern will light up the magnificent heights of the museum’s Grand Entrance Hall and there will also be  smaller version on display in the Madejski Garden so that you can get up close to examine the work of art.

Admission is free so make sure to put a note in your diaries, I will be!

Lantern installation

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