Invisible art

All art — good, bad or indifferent — has one thing common: It is visible and meant to be seen, even if not always enjoyed. But, now, Londoners are to be treated to an exhibition of “invisible” art proudly billed as “the best exhibition you will never see”.

Empty plinths, blank canvases and scratched-out drawings will be the highlights of “Invisible: Art about the Unseen 1957-2012” to be held at London's Hayward Gallery next month and claimed to be the first of its kind in Britain though similar shows have been held in Paris and San Francisco.

Organisers insist that “it is not a joke” but serious stuff designed to “fire” the imagination of viewers. It will be more about “experiencing” art than simply goggling at it. “It leaves so much up to your imagination. It's sort of like the power of radio compared to television — in great radio drama you're inventing characters in your head,” says Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery. Art isn't about material objects, he argues, but about “setting our imaginations alight, and that's what the artists in this show do in many varied ways.”

There will be 50 “invisible” works by famous artists, including Yves Klein who pioneered the notion of “invisible art” in the 1950s, Andy Warhol and Yoko Ono. And for the privilege of seeing the art which cannot be seen, visitors will have to fork out £8 each.

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