Lux et Illustratio. This the last of a half dozen visits to Dia:Beacon? Each experience seems to be worse than the last. Thinking back too on Michael Kimmelman's early review which seemed strangely generous and to strain at best...to find the good in the architectural/art experience. John Chamberlain (shown here), Walter De Maria, and a few others shown well - a full 3/4's of the rest lost in a gray indeterminate half light. The sort of light in a back alley you find yourself in hoping against hope you won't be mugged. Leaving aside the issues of base levels of illumination - there are the numerous problems of spatial compression (and compounding loss of light) of the envelope surrounding massive three dimensional sculptural objects such as those by Richard Serra. Incomprehensible on so many levels. I also wonder about the collaboration of Riggio, Govan, Irwin, and Cooke - was this the perfect storm of personalities - a recipe for absolute disaster? Hard to know. The museum in many ways like the work exhibited pursues to the end the "rigor of an idea" but Dia:Beacon holds up to the public a staggering vision - sadly though without any meaningful perception. Is it simply one of the worst expressions of contemporary exhibition design and architecture in the world today? Perhaps.