‘DAVID HOCKNEY: BIGGER & CLOSER (not smaller & further away)’ extends booking at Lightroom

Due to extraordinary demand, London Theatre Company and 59 Productions have announced that the immersive new show, DAVID HOCKNEY: BIGGER & CLOSER (not smaller & further away) has extended its booking period at Lightroom, with tickets on sale until Sunday 1st October 2023.

A brand new creative venture in the heart of King’s Cross, Lightroom has already attracted more than 75,000 visitors in its first month.

One of the world’s most acclaimed and popular living artists has created the launch show for Lightroom, London’s new home for spectacular artist-led shows which is equipped with the latest digital projection and audio technology.

Hockney uses the innovative venue to take the audience on a personal journey through his art, featuring iconic paintings alongside some rarely seen pieces and some newly created work. His life-long fascination with the possibilities of new media is given vibrant expression in a show that invites visitors to see the world through his eyes.

Lightroom – David Hockney Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)

In a cycle of six themed chapters, with a specially composed score by Nico Muhly and a commentary by the artist himself, Hockney reveals his process to us. His voice is in our ears as we watch him experimenting with perspective, using photography as a way of ‘drawing with a camera’, capturing the passing of time in his polaroid collages and the joy of spring on his iPad, and showing us why only paint can properly convey the hugeness of the Grand Canyon. We join him on his audio-visual Wagner Drive, roaring up into the San Gabriel Mountains, and into the opera house by means of animated re-creations of his stage designs.

From LA to Yorkshire, and up to the present day in Normandy, the show is an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in the presence of one of the great popular geniuses of the art world still innovating, still creating beauty and awe.

1. Installation of David Hockney’s “The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven)” Oil on 32 canvases (36 x 48″ each), 144 x 384″ overall, © David Hockney. Collection Centre Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d’art moderne – Centre de création industrielle

DAVID HOCKNEY: BIGGER & CLOSER (not smaller & further away) is the result of three years’ close collaboration between David Hockney and the creators of Lightroom. It will be the first in a repertoire of original shows, made with leading artists and innovators, aspiring to be visually astonishing, alive with sound and rich in new perspectives.

The innovative showspace was designed by 59 Productions in close collaboration with Haworth Tompkins, who have designed the venue as a sister space to the award-winning Bridge Theatre. The generous foyer contains a café/bar run in collaboration with St John, a gift shop and seating in the foyer and outside on the square. The venue is open seven days a week throughout the day and on most evenings.

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