The Light Art Museum is the first museum in the world dedicated to art made by light. Other than being an exhibition, the museum also collects new pieces and conducts research on new forms of art. Budapest has many surprising museums, but this seems to give a genuine experience for its guests. Albeit, the museum is very unusual; it is nothing like we have seen before.
As the Light Art Museum (LAM) is the first such place in the world, it is also the largest museum dedicated to creations made with light. Located in the heart of Budapest, in the downtown market, the Budapest attraction has easy access. During the establishment of the museum, the goal was to preserve the original architecture. However, the founders also wanted to add a fresh, modern touch. As the museum operates inside a heritage site, it was a huge undertaking to create the necessary conditions for the exhibition.
The main challenge was that the museum needed absolute darkness. It takes time for visitors to get used to the lighting conditions inside while the sound effects create a very peculiar atmosphere inside. The feeling of initial confusion is part of the experience itself. The industrial setting of the old market was also incorporated nicely into the exhibition itself so that the original architecture can be admired too.
The creation of the museum can be thanked to four people: Márton Orosz, the director of the museum, László L. Laki co-founder, László Zsolt Bordos light artist and Viola Lukács curator. The exhibition showcases light art ranging from László Moholy-Nagy to contemporary artists, according to Index.hu. This medium is not only about visuals but also about the deeper meanings of the art itself. Light art can redefine our well-known world, providing a new perspective to reexperience even the most basic shapes.
A great achievement of the museum is that it was able to bring the young generations back to the world of museums. Therefore, the museum plans to start providing lectures and educational programmes for students. On the surface, these creations might seem like visual effects but the more we look at them, the clearer the deeper meaning comes through. Currently, the exhibition hosts the works of more than 30 different artists.
The main attraction of the exhibition is a 40-metre-long balloon that is covered by 2,000 square metres of textile. It is used for projecting artworks, namely Space Eater by Viktor Vicsek and Searchlight by Ivó Kovács. On the balloon, these two artworks change over time, giving place to one another.