The artiest (and most zen) place to have a drink this summer: James Turrell’s renovated ‘Skyspace’ at M HKA (Antwerp)

James Turrell's 'Skyspace' at M HKA (Antwerp).The man of the summer in the States? James Turrell without any doubt. Three major institutions devote an exhibition to his work. You’ve probably already seen the hallucinatory images of his giant new installation at the Guggenheim rotunda (NY) (if not: click here). But his work is also on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. For those of you living in Belgium and not travelling to the US this summer, wanting to get a bit of that James Turrell experience: go for a drink at the roof bar of M HKA (Antwerp). The museum of contemporary art has just renovated Turrell’s Skyspace. It was installed in ’96, but closed again after water damage. It is one of the more than 80 skyspaces Turrell has built around the world. Have that drink after you’ve visited The collection as a character (through October 6), a great exhibition celebrating 25 years of collecting art at the Antwerp museum, with works by Mark Manders, Luc Tuymans, Marlene Dumas and Guillaume Bijl. Want to know more about Turrell’s work? Read these articles in Interview and the NYT. More skyspace pics, plus one of Bijl’s surreal Mon Chalet after the jump.

 

James Turrell's 'Skyspace' at M HKA (Antwerp).

James Turrell's 'Skyspace' at M HKA (Antwerp).

'Mon Chalet' (Guillaume Bijl, 1993; M HKA, Antwerp)

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