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Published by Sugar & Cream, Friday 31 March 2023

Euroluce – Pavilion 15, 18th – 23rd April (Curated by Michele Calzavara, Exhibition Project by Berfu Bengisu Goren)

‘The exhibition narrates the poetics and the tecnological side of the artificial light’

An exhibition of architectural images of interiors in which artificial light is the protagonist. A show populated with figures, accents, glows, constellations, rhythms, points, vectors and the occasional “capriccio” of light in which a lightbulb or light source can be made out, creatively inhabiting and transforming the space in a special way.

HR_ELEMENTISECONDARI_CaSa Colombo and Serboli Architecture + Margherita Serboli, Tyche Apartment, 2015, Barcellona – Photo Roberto Ruiz

HR_ELEMENTISECONDARI_Guillermo Cacciavillani, Capitàn Central Cervecera, 2014, Còrdoba – Gonzalo Viramonte 1_Guille Cacciavillani Capitan Photo Gonzalo Viramonte

It is neither an historical nor a chronological exhibition, nor indeed is it structured according to technical lighting criteria – such as light as a service element and light as a vehicle for information and meaning, with the accent on the latter aspect – but is ordered by interpretation keys, and categories that invite the viewer to look at families of design solutions, particular details, and genuine inventions, as collections of large and small case studies.

HR_VETTORI_Studio Karhard, Sony Music offices, 2021, Berlino -Photo Stefan Wolf Lucks_02 Foyer

HR_AUMENTATA_Daniel Ribakken Surface Daylight_Courtesy Studio Daniel Rybakken

A selection of dozens of photographs, accompanied by informative comments, illustrate luminous artifacts ranging from small “grafts” to veritable full-scale architectural creations, from great masters to the youngest of designers, past icons rooted in our memories and images that have perhaps been overlooked or forgotten, in a bid to narrate a small, by no means exhaustive inventory of luminous poetics, languages and approaches.

HR_PUNTILUCE_Arne Jacobsen, Denmark National Bank, 1971 – Photo Dissing Weitling_20230214.jpg_S16_3

HR_PUNTILUCE_Gaetano Pesce, Casa Hubin, 1985-1986, Parigi – Courtesy Gaetano Pesce_s Office 1_20230214_1985 Hubin Apartment5

The distinguishing factor of exhibitions on architecture is that the latter cannot be present itself. It has to rely on substitutes, and when it comes to light, photography is one of the most fitting. However, Night Interiors is not a photographic exhibition in the strictest sense, rather a short journey across images that have punctuated modern and contemporary design with interiors containing luminous insights that surprise, give pleasure and are still capable of stoking new ideas,” said Michele Calzavara.

Presented by Som Santoso

Exhibition Concept
The exhibition project is characterised by unusual material choices, with particular focus on their chromatic and luminous properties, and by an architectural conformation that provides for two parallel functions simultaneously: the exhibition space itself, and a space given over to workshops and professional meetings. This duality is catered for by two converging paths and is interpreted by a powerfully geometric floor plan, with volumes that evidence reciprocal relationships as well as the autonomy of the individual parts.

HR_SUPER_Oscar Niemeyer_French Communist Party Headquarters_1966-68_Parigi_BAL_4668261

HR_VETTORI_Jurgen Mayer H, Mensa Moltke, 2005-2006, Karlsruhe University Campus, Germania – Photo David Franck

The exhibition path has been devised to provide a progressive experience of the space and bring the story to life in a stratified continuum. The photographs on show, of different formats and on different supports, have been grouped into a number of visual clusters that play out on a common horizon, as the through line of the curatorial narrative. Rather like intangible instructions, these visual compositions highlight the relationships between the various case studies that make up the narrative categories, visualised through different exhibition modalities: lengthy wall sequences, horizontal planes and luminous surfaces inform a path with an elastic rhythm and affording different levels of fruition.

HR_AD ARTE_Jean Nouvel (con Pipilotti Rist)_Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom (ristorante)_2005-2010_Vienna_Photo_Roland Halbe

HR_VETTORI_Cini Boeri, Casa su tre livelli, 2004-2006, Milano – Photo Paolo Rosselli

The path culminates in the workshop space, seen as an open, multi-purpose, even intimate area, in which further insights into the subject of artificial light can be gleaned from sectoral professionals.

HR_INTAGLI_COEX, One Meter Above, 2003, Torino – Beppe Giardino_20230214_01-calderini_Photo Beppe Giardino

HR_AUMENTATA_Corrado Levi_02 – Corrado Levi – Intervento luci presso DUPARC Contemporary Suites – Torino 2003

In some ways, thinking about an installation is rather like designing a lighting device: its main purpose is to “shed light” and therefore to render its intangible essence concrete. Whilst also allowing it to be distributed, faceted, filtered, transmitted and transformed. In this case, light is also the subject of the exhibition. Light for images whose representation requires different artifices in order to be evoked each time,” said Berfu Bengisu Goren.

HR_SCHERMI_Pierre Chareau, Bernard BijvoetMaison de Verre1928-1931Parigida Domus 443_RIBA23981

HR_PUNTILUCE_Franco Albini con Franca Helg, Negozio Sampo-Olivetti, 1958-1960, Parigi – @Fondazione Franco Albini_20230214_230_8

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