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Flos illuminates the exhibition ‘Magic Realism’ set up by Studio Bellini at the Royal Palace in Milan

Magic Realism‘ is the exhibition scheduled at Palazzo Reale in Milan from 19 October 2021 to 27 February 2022, curated by Gabriella Belli and Valerio Terraroli, promoted and produced by the City of Milan-Culture, Palazzo Reale and 24 ORE Cultura-Gruppo 24 ORE. This is an exhibition project curated by Studio Bellini that aims to help visitors discover this complex and fascinating artistic movement, a true expression of Italian art that developed between the two world wars.

The more than eighty masterpieces on display are skilfully illuminated by Flos, a historic Italian company and leader in the field of lighting, through a play of light, sometimes diffused and sometimes direct on the works. To achieve this effect of great impact for the visitor, the innovative Camera universal track projector range, designed by Knud Holscher, has been chosen in the white version. Characterized by a minimal and compact design, Camera guarantees an excellent control of the quality of light, even in extreme cut off angles without renouncing to the high efficiency and versatility of use of the product, ideal both for responding to the need for direct light beams and for a diffused light effect.

The projector houses an exclusive patented optical system with multiple beam openings created ad hoc for maximum glare control. The optical system includes five different beam angles, each developed for a specific application. Camera also houses an innovative bifocal silicone lens, specially developed by Flos, which guarantees excellent heat resistance and high precision in high intensity beams.
Two different types of Camera projectors were used at the Royal Palace for even more effect. The Camera 60 Super Spot to create focuses on the works: thanks to the high technology of these products, where the silicon lens is combined with an advanced 9º optic, a very precise beam cleaning is guaranteed but above all a great visual comfort that allows the colours to stand out perfectly. On the other hand, thanks to their 33º optics, the Camera 60 Floods create a magical effect by illuminating the backdrops with a soft light from which the illuminated works stand out and stand out.

The high LED technology of these projectors allows the light to be optimally calibrated so as not to damage the works on display. In this project, the calibration of the light is done through an app thanks to Casambi technology, which allows remote control via Bluetooth of all the projectors in the eight exhibition rooms. The union between Flos and Casambi makes it easier to calibrate the light, taking a step forward in the world of museum lighting.

To celebrate the historical collaboration between the architect Mario Bellini and Flos, the temporary bookshop of the exhibition presents an original installation of Chiara, the iconic floor lamp designed by Bellini himself for Flos in 1969, and reissued in 2020 with LED technology. An object with a unique design: a sheet of polished stainless steel, cut and rolled up to form a cylinder. The light it emits is reflected and diffused by a large ‘hat’ that recalls the wimple and veil of a nun. Even when switched off, this lamp has a strong and charismatic identity. The 2020 re-edition of Chiara features new technologically advanced details, such as the moulded rubber profile, and includes two models: the classic floor version, in stainless steel, and a new smaller table model, made of aluminium and available in three finishes: aluminium, dark grey and pink gold.

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Photo credit: Carlotta Coppo e Francesca Caredda