05. Oct 2011

No. 78 – Light and art, and the art of lighting art

Aug/Sep 2011

Lighting art in 3D
Lorenzo Lotto exhibition in Rome/I

Text: Joachim Ritter
Lorenzo Lotto is one of those artists who, despite achieving masterpieces of genius, remained poor and unappreciated for the duration of their lives. He was a painter who, as a rule, was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Only long after they have died do such artists become truly appreciated and receive the attention and glory they merit, and thus gain their deserved place in art history books. Yet at times history plays fair after all. Lorenzo Lotto’s exhibition in the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, which ran from 2. March until 12. June, 2011, was presented for the first time through a completely new lighting philosophy. From the point of view of both technology and content this concept is destined to transform our notion of the way the works of the great painters of the Renaissance should be illuminated.

Architecture, art, light
Hoki Museum in Chiba/J

Text: Alison Ritter, Joachim Ritter
Masao Hoki is more than an art collector. He is an art lover, a successful businessman, a philanthropist and above all a realist. The latter quality may well explain his taste in art. So when it came to creating the Hoki Museum, an average lighting solution was out of the question.

¡Nunca más! – Never again!
The Museum of Memories and Human Rights in Chile/RCH
Text: Sandra Lindner
The “Museo de la Memoria y de los Derechos Humanos” was opened on 11. January, 2010 by Michelle Bachelet, who was President of Chile at the time and herself a victim of torture during the Pinochet regime. Before the doors opened, however, the project went through a somewhat chaotic “Latin American” phase.

Reflective Flow
The poetry of the world’s largest chandelier

Text: Joachim Ritter
An interesting building will always remain an eye-catcher, but give it a unique detail and it will turn heads and fix gazes. The detail in the case of the Al Hitmi building in Doa, Qatar is nothing less than the largest glass chandelier in the world, which stretches practically the entire length of the atrium.

The Wow effect
„Science Storms“ at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago/USA

Text: Alison Ritter
Apparently it would take anyone who can read four years to absorb all the information available in the Museum of Natural History in London. In the holiday season in particular people – many of them schoolchildren – queue for hours just to spend half a day inside wandering around the exhibits. Why do we do that? How much knowledge can we process or store in a few hours? When Focus Lighting were commissioned to design an immersive environment for the Science Storms exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, they probably asked themselves the same questions. How could they help teach museum visitors about the properties of light?

Circadian Adaptive Lighting
Text: Deborah Burnett
The continuing scientific discovery linking light to human health, disease and wellness is one of the most exciting stories of the decade. Research into the fields of chronobiology, photobiology and scotobiology has made the case clear for how environmental light directly impacts the human body and brain. It is the synchronized balance of light, darkness and a perfectly timed cycle of changing wavelength dominance throughout the 24 hour day which is emerging as the key component of life providing for all human health and wellness. And it is not only naturally provided daylighting which is instrumental in this process.

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