Public Illumination

“My coming of age in the 1960s and being around during the protests of the Vietnam War has something to do with my practice now. As well as being a child of the 1950s: newsreel after newsreel from the 1940s informed me; as well as war movies where the most awful things were evident to the viewer. I thought, when I was a little kid, ‘How could this happen? Why didn’t people stop it.’ I’m not alone in asking this now.” – Jenny Holzer.

These questions permeate the commissions at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire. Working with veterans of more recent conflicts, the exhibition involves many components including a sound installation, light projections and LED works that fill the space; the building takes on an augmented reality.

28 September – 10 October. For more information:

1. Jenny Holzer, Xenon for Venice, 1999 © 1999 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY Photo Attilio Maranzano.jpg. Courtesy of Blenheim Art Foundation.