GERMAN IVORY MUSEUM, Erbach

GERMAN IVORY MUSEUM, Erbach

GERMAN IVORY MUSEUM, Erbach

GERMAN IVORY MUSEUM, Erbach

Architects: Sichau & Walter Architekten BDA, Fulda


Having become the navel of the German ivory carving trade through count Franz' I. zu Erbach-Erbach (1754-1823) passion for travelling and collecting, the Odenwald town of Erbach had exhibited its extensive collections at the Werner Borchers Halle for a long time. Since autumn 2016, a small but exquisite part of the ivory sculptures have found a new home at Erbach Palace.

The exceptional exhibition concept of Sichau & Walter Architects BDA frees itself from the building envelope and makes use of a pier that interconnects the showcases with a proverbial red thread. Like luminous glass cubes, the latter are lined up on the walkway. The partial frosting of the showcase glazing and the low-glare accentuating illumination evoke the impression that the figurines emerge from a sort of fog. The pier itself, clad in red leather, is seemingly suspended in an intangible, almost imperceptible spatial envelope, by virtue of concealed LED light ribbons in the balustrade of the pier.

Through the use of hidden, glare-free light sources Licht Kunst Licht underscores the contrasting exhibition scenery and brilliantly orchestrates its treasures.

 

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