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In December 1979 the Teatro Comunale in Florence commissioned Bruno Munari to design a light show for Scriabin‘s Prometeo concert, which was to be performed in the same theatre in March 1980. “Considering this request as a design project, Munari calls on Davide Mosconi, musician, and Piero Castiglioni, lighting designer expert, to participate in the design. The participation of experts is essential to the success of a project. In Scriabin’s intentions, sound and light should simultaneously provoke a “different attention” in the audience, as he notes. The violently yellow light of the sodium vapour lamp. The so-called black light, or Wood’s light, is actually a beautiful dark colour and makes the atmosphere like a purple fog. Strobe lamps like so many flashes of lightning all the time, electric arc welders and finally nikelchrome glow wires, first used by Livio Castiglioni in the high ceiling of the staircase at the Triennale in Milan. Each of the light sources was used for its own colour. The technology marked the time of the chromatic modification of the light’. From the book “Uno spettacolo di luce”, Piero Castiglioni, Davide Mosconi, Bruno Munari, quaderni di design, 1984, Zanichelli, Bologna. The architectural lighting works in the field of theatrical scenography underlines two interesting aspects: the first one, that the light in theatre belongs to an eminently technical dimension; the second one, that it belongs to an eminently visual dimension. Fundamental qualities of light from a theatrical point of view are its ability to build in a dramatic and poetic sense, to produce meaning, to create actions, emotions, reactions.


Project:
Lighting Design Piero Castiglioni

Collaborations:
Bruno Munari
Davide Mosconi

Photo Courtesy:
Piero Castiglioni

Year:
1980


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View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
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Front view of the main entrance facade
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Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
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Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
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Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
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Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
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Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
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Detail of the lighting system used
View of the ceiling glass windows with lighting
Outdoor spaces with architectural lighting
A night view of the illuminated building
View of the rooms and the exhibition path
Deputies with the lighting used
View of the complex with night lighting
The works of art inside the illuminated Papal Stables
The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with the lighting used
Full view of the illuminated theater
Full view of the Cultural Center building
One of the rooms with the works on display and the lighting fixtures
Overall view of the Banca Lombarda building in Brescia
Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
Front view of the Lingotto building in Turin
Front view of the main entrance facade
View from the outside of the building and the facades
Front view of the staircase of Santa Maria del Monte
Overall view of the concert hall
The illuminated hall of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum
Exterior view of the museum building
View of the museum from the water
Front view of the Il Sole 24 Ore Seat building
The lighting fixtures installed on the ceiling
Viktor & Rolf Showroom inside the showroom
Overall view of a room with ceiling lights
Another central view of the illuminated hall of Palazzo Marino
The historic center of Siena illuminated
The lighting of the Salone delle Feste at the Quirinale
The illuminated waiting canopies
Entrance to the exhibition set up of Gianni Versace
Front view of the windows of the picture gallery
Il Porto Antico di Genova in una vista notturna
Detail of the lighting of the internal courtyard
Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
Night view of Malba - Costantini Foundation illuminated
Overall view of the Hall
Central view of the illuminated Galleria Vittorio Emanuele
The night lighting of the Sanctuary
Night view of the Italcementi Research Center
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