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Viva Edison
December 19, 2007   
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The Center for Contemporary Art (CSW) at Warsaw's Ujazdowski Castle is hosting an exhibition dedicated to the work of Ingo Maurer, a leading contemporary German designer fascinated with light and lighting systems. The exhibition is entitled Wo bist du, Edison?

The artist, born in 1932, was inspired by pop art early in his career. He has designed a table lamp in the form of a giant bulb in tribute to the genius of Thomas Edison, the 19th-century American inventor who developed many devices that greatly influenced everyday life around the world, including the phonograph and a long-lasting light bulb.

Maurer's works include various unusual lamps and lighting designs. They have been displayed in renowned museums and art galleries worldwide. One of the designer's trademark works is a bulb with an "angel's wings" made from goose feathers. Maurer, a printer by profession, also designs lamps from paper. Back in 1984, his Designerei studio in Munich, Germany, developed an innovative low-voltage lighting system called YaYaHo. In 1986, the Ingo Maurer Ltd. company followed up with a modern dimmer system. Since the 1990s, Maurer has focused on lighting systems for public institutions and spaces. Together with Israeli artist, designer and architect Ron Arad, he produced a lighting system for an opera in Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1994.

The CSW exhibition has been staged in association with the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, Germany.


Ujazdowski Castle Center for Contemporary Art
6 Ujazdowskie Avenue, 00-461 Warsaw
(0-22) 628-76-83, promocja@csw.art.pl
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