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The Poldi Pezzoli museum dates back to the 17th century, bought by Giuseppe Pezzoli, ancestor of Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli, at the end of the 18th century. The Armoury, which was completely destroyed during the Second World War, was built in the Neo-Gothic style between 1846 and 1851 by the painter-scenographer Filippo Peroni (who worked for the Teatro alla Scala), with stucco work by Paolo Gazzoli and stained glass by Pompeo Bertini. The collection is mainly made up of pieces from the Milanese and Brescian Renaissance, with particular emphasis on parade arms. A second important group consists of German firearms from the 16th and 17th centuries. The current installation is the work of Arnaldo Pomodoro, who says: “When I was offered this job I thought back to my childhood spent among the medieval castles of Montefeltro. I am proud to have left my mark on this museum”. He has created a space where architecture, history, art and scenography intertwine in a sentence that critic Gillo Dorfles calls “extraordinary”. The vault then becomes the site of a work entitled “The Battle, in the Vault” in the Hall of Arms, composed of the vault, treated with copper stucco, and sculptural elements in fiberglass: a sky of spheres, hemispheres and points covered in lead foil. In the background of the room, antique armour is displayed all together. Piero Castiglioni’s lighting project develops alongside the architectural, scenographic and museographic design, following the same structural changes. The showcases, built as niches in the walls, contain the most important pieces of the collection suspended and illuminated by a “magic” light, because it is invisible: the showcases themselves, in fact, contain the lighting fixtures, directional light on the object in the absence of shadows; controlled luminance, homogeneous distribution of the light beam given by the prismatic glass. For this museum lighting design project a special optic was studied, as you can see from the drawing, a perfect integration light – architecture, since the source is never visible in the field of vision.


Project:
Lighting Design Piero Castiglioni

Collaborations:
Arnaldo Pomodoro

Photo Courtesy:
Piero Castiglioni

Year:
2001


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Overall view of the central courtyard of the service center
Detail of the illuminated facade of the Dior building
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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
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
Night view of Porta Nuova Garibaldi Repubblica complex
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Venice Grassi Palace outdoor night view- master
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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 stage of the Teatro Comunale of Florence
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
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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