The Museo Picasso in Barcelona is well worth a visit, not just for its marvellous collection of the works of the great Catalan artist, but be-cause it is an architectural gem among the many attractions of this Mediterranean metropolis.
The museum is in the heart of the old city, on Carrer Montcada. After its foundation in 1963, the collection was initially housed in a Gothic palace.
After the latest expansion in 1999, it occupies five neighbouring historic mansions.
This unique ensemble offers an almost inex-haustible variety of presentation possibilities; there are intimate, historic rooms as well as galleries equipped with modern technology. Since its completely new organisation in 1999, visitors enter through the Palau Finestres and gain access to the carefully restored patios of the individual buildings via a linking under-ground level.
The new lighting concept for the museum forms a unifying design element in that, both outdoors and indoors, an intense atmosphere is created by strong contrasts of dark and light, dramatising the architecture and works of art.
Whether it be in the pictur-esque courtyards or in the new galleries where Picasso’s masterpieces are presented.
The lighting concept once again confirms our design theory that it is more demanding to create an impression of darkness in a space than to choose uniformly bright illumination.
The secret of this form of lighting lies in using luminaires, both inside and outside, that employ directional light and high quality optics to create a spatial separation of light source and lighting effect.
This creates a magical impression that captivates visitors. For many years, ERCO’s luminaires are pro-viding designers with a comparably sophisticated highquality range of lighting instruments, suitable for standing up to the special conditions encountered outdoors.