The Museum of Visual Arts, which was built according to plans drawn up by the architects Hufnagel/Pütz/Rafaelian, is located in the centre of Leipzig, not far from the Church of St. Nikolai and the Old Town Hall. The building‘s design comprises a rectangular block with a glazed facade. Positioned on the old square known as Sachsenplatz, it is 78 m long, 41 m wide and 36 m high, and the „lightness of being“ inherent in its glazed structure leaves a profound impression. The lighting concept aims to follow in the path of the architectural concept: simple, direct, transparent and of high-quality. Light-diffusing ceilings and light channels have therefore been chosen as light units for the exhibition spaces. Due to this concept the total lighting is put in the backgroud in order to draw the concentration to the exhibits. There is an optimal vertical and horizontal intensity of illumination at a high constancy. The light-diffusing ceilings consist of multilayer laminated safety glass with integrated foil layers, ensuring excellent light dispersion and high luminous transmittance. 16 mm fluorescent lights have been employed as light sources at various power ratings with a 4000 K colour temperature and a colour rendering index of Ra > 90. These have been combined with dimmable electronic ballast units, thereby enabling individually tailored lighting environments to be created for each separate exhibition space. The overall effect ensures the perfect setting for displaying works of art.
* Flyer "Museum of Visual Arts in Leipzig"