22. May 2015

No. 97 – Art, culture, theatre

Mar/Apr 2015

Picturesque
Vincent Van Gogh Foundation renovates mansion in Arles/F to create a modern art gallery dedicated to van Gogh
Text: Joachim Ritter
Light and painting are closely linked. And yet museum or gallery design and lighting design sometimes do not appear to correlate. This does not apply to the museum renovated by the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation in Arles/F, where even some of the lighting effects look as if they were painted.

Connecting old and new
The Westphalian State Museum of Art and Cultural History in Münster/D
Text: Joachim Ritter, Sabrina Schluckebier
When visitors begin to regard the architecture and the museum building as part of the exhibition experience, it is high time to start thinking about modernisation and getting things back on track – not only chronologically speaking. Refurbishments of museum complexes often take the form of a new build project, an extension to the existing building, the idea being not only to align old with new, but to achieve a certain harmony between the two. And an excellent opportunity to update the lighting in the existing building.

Transparency is a question of the light
The new Grand Théâtre in Albi/F by day and night
Text: Alison Ritter
The Grand Théâtre in the mediaeval city of Albi/F is already transforming the texture of the city as well as its cultural influence. Visually, the building is as dramatic as what goes on inside it. Located on the outskirts of the historic centre, it stands proud as an outstanding architectural symbol, designed and equipped to house and promote performing arts and the creativity they are born from. Nevertheless, its presence and its lighting are modest and human-scale, allowing this unique addition to the mediaeval city to blend in comfortably.

Monumental
“Sensing Spaces” staged at the Royal Academy of Arts in London/UK
Text: Alison Ritter
The presence of architects can be traced back to the third millennium before Christ. Architects are conceivers of buildings and creators of spaces. Their works, in whatever part of the world they are located, are the result of their foresight and design skills, and an expression of the culture in the region where they were active. To appreciate architecture we need light – daylight or electric light – to illuminate surfaces, to create tension and interest through the interplay of light and shadow, to reveal colour and texture, and to enable us to sense the intended atmosphere.

Lighting controls – who controls the lights?
What does technological change mean for the development of lighting design concepts?
Text: Har Hollands
An adaptive lighting climate or dynamic lighting effect is the result of a design process. This
process starts with the basic question of why light is needed. Once there is a clear understanding of the requirements, a lighting concept can be developed and presented that satisfies the demands. This concept has to be elaborated into a lighting plan which shows how light will be used to realise the desired lighting to fulfil the needs of the users of the space. When variations of use occur or environmental conditions change, different lighting scenarios are required: the lighting is controlled to adapt to the changing lighting climate or lighting effect.

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