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Italy | Turin | Giovanni and Marella Agnelli Art Gallery

Inaugurated in 2002, Pinacoteca Agnelli is a gift from Giovanni and Marella Agnelli to the city of Turin. The Art Gallery is located in the Lingotto, a magnificent example of industrial architecture redesigned by architect Renzo Piano. It is housed in a suspended structure that vaguely resembles a ship and is only lit from above by a crystal roof with fins that filter sunlight. Inside, the various works include canvases by Canaletto, Tiepolo, two works by Picasso, a painting by Renoir and one by Manet. Giovanni Balla’s Velocità astratta and Gino Severini’s Lancieri italiani al gallppo are examples of the attention paid to Italian art in the early 20th century. Two splendid sculptures of dancers by Antonio Canova testify to the couple’s love of art and beauty. The lower floors of the art gallery host temporary exhibitions and spaces for service and use by visitors: bookshop, art education centre, offices, ticket office. The renovation of the Lingotto, transforms the avant-garde factory of the 1930s into a place of culture and entertainment. Renzo Piano’s work on the roof of the Lingotto, the old facility designed by engineer Giacomo Mattè Trucco, brings to a close one of the most original, interesting and extensive operations on an urbanistic scale to bring about change and innovation; an operation planned, designed and carried out over fifteen years in a long sequence of architectural projects: a new fragment of city centred around the architecture of the Lingotto, a slightly tapered parallelepiped with gleaming steel sides and zenithal light filtered through a flat grid on the roof built with 1746 opaque glass blades, kept at a safe distance (the so-called “flying carpet”). Museum lighting design is very much a part of Architect Piero Castiglioni’s professional career, considered one of Italian lighting leading exponents. In museum lighting design the lighting calculation is fundamental because for the protection of the works the lighting design project must be drawn up following the lighting regulations for cultural heritage.


Project:
Lighting Design Piero Castiglioni

Collaborations:
Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Photo Courtesy:
Piero Castiglioni

Year:
2002


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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 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
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Exterior view of the museum building
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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
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Night view of the outline of the city of Mantua
Illuminated night view of the entrance courtyard
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