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Time to see the colour – Linea Light Group and the Musée des arts décoratifs

Time to see the colour

Linea Light Group and the Musée des arts décoratifs

The excursion was part of the Professional Lighting Design week in Paris.

“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible” Paul Klee

With these words, Klee states that art does not simply reproduce, but reveals things we do not immediately see, although they have always been in front of us; one of the possible worlds an artist can create. Likewise, light should not only illuminate a work of art: its purpose is to interpret it and reveal it as it was conceived by the artist, with its colours unaltered.
Colour is one of the most important elements, along with shape and materials, which helps us to identify and understand a work of art: whilst colour is the most difficult element to preserve, the other two aspects are clear, accurate and remain unchanged, especially in closed environments.

Colour is one of the most important elements, along with shape and materials, which helps us to identify and understand a work of art: whilst colour is the most difficult element to preserve, the other two aspects are clear, accurate and remain unchanged, especially in closed environments.

During PLDC 2015 held in Rome, Gold Partner Linea Light Group organised an excursion to the Palatine Hill, specifically to the Baths of Diocletian and to the House of Augustus, two major historical sites. In 2017, they offered an excursion to a recently realised lighting project in Paris: the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Rue de Rivoli, specifically, the Mediaeval and Renaissance wings.

The core of the project was correct colour enhancement. Those attending had the opportunity to go on an exclusive tour of the eight halls of the museum containing paintings, tapestries, porcelain, and various types of furnishings. There, in parallel with the history of the works and details of the art pieces and items on exhibit, they were able to gain detailed information about the lighting concepts developed to best illuminate each of these, and the products ultimately applied.

To conclude the event, Olivier Gabet, Director of the Museum, and lighting designer Emmanuel Clair from Light Cibles, who collaborated with Linea Light Group in realising this major project, gave speeches.

After the visit, the guests were interviewed about light and colour, and how these two important elements can play a role in perceiving works of art. Here are their answers:

Video: Francesca Parolin

Photo credits: Francesca Parolin, Florence Bonny