Art and beauty in full light

Museum exhibit lighting has certain indispensable prerequisites: correct color rendering and contrast, glare reduction and the need to limit exposure to harmful radiation. In other words, ensuring the work of art can be ‘enjoyed’, while making sure it is correctly conserved.

Other essential aspects cannot be neglected: issues involving aesthetic sensitivity and technical adaptability:

  • How devices integrate and harmonize with the exhibition environment

  • How specific requirements, which arise as work progresses and develops, need to be taken into account each time there is a new layout

  • How effortlessly the equipment can be managed thanks to the ease with which it can be inspected and serviced

  • How much energy saving can be made by using LED light sources and electronically managing the power supply

  • How running costs can be kept low thanks to intelligent systems which use sensors or remote programming to make the systems practical and flexible

Other issues need to be taken into account in the case of temporary exhibitions:

Works are moved from their original environment to their new temporary setting – triggering the potential risk of light-sensitive works deteriorating. It is essential that a technical lighting system not only complies with regulatory requirements, but especially the required storage conditions of the work.

Events are transient by nature and must cater to the flow of high and concentrated numbers of visitors over a short time. This means a work of art will be experienced simultaneously from multiple points of view. The lighting installation must allow the work to be viewed comfortably from a variety of angles without having to continually adapt to the viewer’s perspective.

The juxtaposition of works without any specific continuity in terms of material, size or even semantic content, requires us to handle the impact of potentially contrasting lighting between works that are on display and next to one another. In such cases, lighting fixtures need to be arranged carefully during installation, smoothly and quickly fine-tuning the quality, quantity and distribution of the light flow.