Project case study

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Yayoi Kusama

In collaboration with the exhibition designer Roberto Baggio, ID design team, contractor and whole talented team of National gallery, Anna Kadurina designed and realized the requirements and the scope given. Based on the exhibition coordinators, we have calculated and aimed all the projectors and other lighting sources at art pieces considering the right level of light, while respecting all the requirements and international standards given for particular type of artwork (oil, acrylic, watercolour..etc)

Relevant lighting and illumination calculations (using Dialux software), as well as hand-drawn sketches, are based on the artist briefing about the intended lighting effect for the exposed art works. The final positioning of the projectors, measurements with Luxmeter and the final aiming and programming were completed on the latest stage accordingly.

The National gallery management and curators of exhibition were satisfied with the lighting installation, especially on color rendering and color temperature achieved based on each painting individual approach.

Lighting color (K):

The choice of lighting sources was based on each artwork and the choice of colors used in each painting. Lower temperatures (circa 3000 K) were used for green, yellow and red colors, while colder temperatures (circa 4000 K) highlighted the blue and purple shades.


Beam angle (deg.):

The choice of it is always based on the perception that artist would like to give. Three main lighting beams that we used were: narrow beam(15 deg.), medium beam (30deg.) and very wide beam (aprox. 50deg.) and wallwasher
( asymmetric).



The perception of the artist determined the choice of beam angles for light fixtures. For the Kusuma exhibition, a range of three main lighting beams: a narrow beam of 15 degrees for certain artworks to have stronger punch or due to the size of artwork, a medium beam of 30 degrees for bigger artworks , and a very wide beam of approx. 50 degrees for big size artworks to have max.uniformity and almost no shadows. Asymmetric wall washers were chosen for its equal illumination which is needed for some of the rooms where artworks are very high and cover almost whole wall.