The Museum

Lighting Concept




Lighting is a crucial issue in a museum. A number of works in the Lenbachhaus’s collections, including installations by Dan Flavin, Olafur Eliasson, Michel Majerus, Lucio Fontana, Angela Bulloch, Cerith Wyn Evans, Keith Sonnier, and James Turrell, explore light as an artistic medium.

The Munich-based light artist Dietmar Tanterl (b. 1956) created a new light installation for the northern staircase. The work, entitled ROTWEINROT (Redwinered, 2008), consists of eighteen tall and narrow lamps made of matte acrylic glass. Mounted on three sides of the staircase, they seem to float in front of the walls, an effect that lends them a vaguely sculptural quality. They have a calming effect on the up and down in the staircase and make it feel wider. At regular intervals, the illumination in these slender structures switches between white light and a tripartite arrangement of red, white, and red, with the red hue remaining soft for a smooth transition to the white at the center. The overall quality shifts from cool light to a warmer tone. To emphasize the constant alternation, Tanterl has six lamps emit an unchanging white light. The title, a pun on the German for “red-white-red,” adds a note of gentle irony to the reference to Austria’s heraldic colors. Dietmar Tanterl, who is Austrian by birth but has lived in Munich since the 1970s, playfully addresses the subject of his national identity; the Austrian flag remains a subtle allusion.

In planning the new exhibition spaces, we devoted particular attention to the quality of the illumination. The decision to employ innovative LED technology led to the development of special LED lamps for the galleries. The Lenbachhaus was able to draw on the expertise of Tanterl, who supervised the technical realization by OSRAM, Bamberger und Partner engineers, and the municipal building directorate.

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