One name: Lots of Shapes and Colours (lower primary)

"Neons Corridors Rooms" by Bruce Nauman

Introduction

In his “Neons Corridors Rooms” exhibition, Bruce Nauman uses neon to describe himself as a person and as an artist, by creating two luminous sculptures that use shapes, colours and lights to illustrate an unusual version of his identity. In the two works – The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967 and My Name As Though It Were Written on the Surface of the Moon, 1968 – Nauman plays with language, and with words and graphic signs, to reflect – and have others reflect – on the concept of identity.

Focus areas

  • Italian
  • Art and Image

Educational aims and activities

While having fun exploring the exhibition, the children will learn how the artist uses materials, colours, shapes, words, phrases, puns and his own name to create works that lead to different questions, sensations and curiosities in those who see and experience them first-hand.
In the workshop session, the arts tutors will help the children take inspiration from the work My Name as Though It Were Written on the Surface of the Moon (1968) to write and illustrate their name using shapes and colours that say something about them and that represent them.

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