Untitled Terence Koh

Press release

Javier Peres is pleased to present Untitled, Terence Koh's third Berlin solo exhibition, a reprise of the artist's 2007 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. The untitled installation consists mainly of a superlatively bright electric light - so bright that the viewer is momentarily blinded by looking at it. Holland Cotter of the New York Times called it one of the most memorable artistic events of 2007, commenting, "Like a person's life, it turned on; gave off its energy intensely, randomly, wastefully; and then turned off. Brilliant."


Koh's installation at Peres Projects II in Berlin marks the work's premiere in Europe, where it is presented alone in a 400 square meter space in a context that affords it freedom from institutional interference. The exhibition space – traditionally a void and projection screen for the viewer's contemplation – is inversed, indeed exploded by the super-luminescence of the work. It is the paradox of an infinitely radiating black hole – emptiness, and yet ecstasy, illumination.


Over the past 5 years, Terence Koh's works have been exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States. Upcoming museum solo exhibitions include the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (with catalog by curator Martina Weinhart); and, the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Leon, Spain (MUSAC), with an extensive monograph with essays by curator Agustin Perez Rubio, as well as by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach. The artist will also be doing a site-specific performance and installation at the Yokohama Triennial, curated by Daniel Birnbaum, Hu Fang, Akiko Miyake, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Beatrix Ruf. Recent solo museum exhibitions include the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York in 2007 curated by Shamim Momin, and in 2006 a solo exhibition at the Kunsthalle Zürich curated by Beatrix Ruf, with a catalog co-published by the two institutions. Koh's work can be found in important private collections in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia, as well as in many public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art (NY); The Tate Modern (London); The Museum of Contemporary Art (LA); The Judith Rothschild Foundation Collection of Contemporary Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art (NY); and, the Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art (Luxembourg).