Serving over 1.5 million visitors per year, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is host to 200 paintings, 400 drawings and 700 letters by Vincent van Gogh, the largest such collection in the world, as well as traveling exhibitions of other artists and collections. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, The Potato Eaters, several of his Wheatfield and Self-Portraits, and many other iconic works are on permanent display in a beautiful, multi-story building owned by the Dutch government.
In January, 2017, the Van Gogh Institute began a phased process of converting all of the lighting in both the Van Gogh Museum and the Mesdag
Collection in The Hague – approximately 1300 light points – to Xicato Intelligent Modules with Bluetooth control (XIM Gen4). The work is being done entirely after hours, without disrupting normal operations, and without moving or replacing either the artwork or the existing lighting infrastructure. No new track. No wires. No holes in the wall. No dust. The results are significant savings in energy and maintenance, but their primary motivation is Conservation.
When the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) reopened, after being closed for three years for expansion, new lighting using Xicato’s XTM modules was just one of the dramatic improvements to the space and exhibits. The expansion more than doubles the museum’s gallery spaces and provides almost six times as much public space as the previous building. Designed by the architecture firm Snøhetta, SFMOMA seamlessly integrates a 10-story expansion with the original Mario Botta–designed building to create 460,000 square feet.
As the largest modern and contemporary art museum in North America, SFMOMA is also the largest museum in North America to be illuminated with LED lighting. Arup was the Lighting Designer for SFMOMA and was involved with all the elements which create the sensory environment of the building and galleries — lighting, acoustics, audiovisual technologies, and building envelope design. Arup specified recessed track fixtures from Lighting Services Inc. with Xicato XTM Artist modules as the light source.
SFMOMA received LEED Gold certification for the building’s efficiency in its mechanical, lighting, water, and other systems.
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC is a nine-story building with five levels above ground and four more below. The 400,000-square-foot building includes exhibition space, a theater and café, staff offices and an education center.
The building offers a number of prismatic angles and viewpoints known as “lenses,” or opportunities for visitors to view the White House and the Washington Monument, as well as other locations around the National Mall from unique framed perspectives—”a view of America through the lens of the African American Experience.”