During the Paris edition of PLDC, our excursion to Les Arts Décoratifs is told through the words of our guest lighting designers.

PLDC, Professional Lighting Design Convention, is not only a meeting event for professionals in the world of lighting. PLDC is also an occasion to discover, from a lighting engineering point of view, historical sites and sites of interest within that cities take it in turns to host the event.

During the previous edition held in Rome, we organised an excursion to the Palatine Hill, specifically to the Baths of Diocletian and to the House of Augustus, two major historical sites illuminated by us. 

Change of city, change of era.

From Rome to Paris, from ancient to modern history. 

For our excursion this year, we chose our recent lighting engineering project: the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Rue de Rivoli, specifically, the medieval and renaissance wings.

    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 unchanged, especially in closed environments.

    Correct colour enhancement was, therefore, the heart of this project, which we were able to discuss during the event TIME TO SEE THE COLOUR, held in the evening of 3 November.

    Our guests had the opportunities to go on an exclusive tour of the eight halls of the museum containing paintings, tapestries, porcelains and various types of furnishings, discovering in parallel with the history of the works and details of the products and details of the products used to best illuminate each of these.

    Concluding the event was a speech by Olivier Gabet, Director of the Museum and Emmanuel Clair, lighting designer at Light Cibles, which collaborated with us in realising this major project.

    After the visit, we asked some of our guests to talk about their idea of light and colour and how these two important elements can play a role in perceiving works of art. Here were their answers: