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Otto Piene’s lights dance in an enchanted world

Mysteries and marvels to be found in a revelatory installation at MIT

Otto Piene’s “Lichtballett’’ or “Light Ballet’’ installation at MIT List Visual Arts Center. Otto Piene’s “Lichtballett’’ or “Light Ballet’’ installation at MIT List Visual Arts Center. (Gunter Thorn)
By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / November 20, 2011

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The most beautiful room in greater Boston right now is a gallery in the MIT List Visual Arts Center at MIT. The gallery is really just a small, windowless room. It’s dark, too - or it would be if it weren’t for a constantly changing arrangement of patterned light orchestrated by 83-year-old artist Otto Piene. The light, part of a work called “Lichballett’’ or light ballet, plays across one wall and wanders onto the next, morphing in scale and clarity as it moves.

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OTTO PIENE: Lichtballett At: MIT List Visual Arts Center. Through Dec. 31. 617-253-4680,