Zumtobel lighting at Zaha Hadid exhibition

A new arts venue was opened in front of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris: the Mobile Art Pavilion designed by Zaha Hadid.

Until autumn, the Mobile Art Pavilion will showcase the exhibition “Zaha Hadid, une architecture”. For this exhibition, Zumtobel has designed and provided a lighting fixture matching the building’s organic look: Arcos LED spotlights, developed for art applications, and minimalist LED spots ofthe multi-functional Supersystem lighting system.

“Providing the interior lighting solution for the Mobile Art Pavilion was a special opportunity for us to show that light as an accentuating factor is able to unfold tremendous creative power,” said Burkhard Ehnes, project manager, Zumtobel.


The opening exhibition presents a selection of works by Hadid. The work is presented using different media, including architectural models, projections and silver paintings, complemented by a customised lighting system.

The colour temperature of the – DALI-controllable – Arcos LED spotlights installed by Zumtobel can be adjusted within a range between2700 K and 6500 K. This ensures differentiated accent lighting supported by additionally installed Supersystem LED spots.

The lighting concept emphasises the Mobile Art Pavilion’s architectural structure. A network of guiding curves is attached to the pavilion’s internal ceiling and floor in specific points.

The resulting network sees two material systems: a black structural space frame, made from CNC milled guiding rails out of hard foam that are coated in polyurethane, as well as white suspended textile membranes. The luminaires are mounted on the black guiding rails, and blend into the interior structure.

The Mobile Art Pavilion was designed in 2007 for the Chanel fashion house by Pritzker Prize laureate Hadid. After going to Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York, the structure has now been donated by Chanel to the Institut du Monde Arabe, where it will be used to host exhibitions by artists from Arab countries.

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