Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli

Museums and Exhibitions

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Marco Paolieri - Fabio Valelà


Alessandro Maurelli


Florence, Italy

After careful retrofitting and renovation work by the architects Marco Paolieri and Fabio Valelà the Complex of San Firenze is now home to the Fondazione Franco Zeffirelli and the International Centre for Performing Arts. Originally a convent of Filippini fathers the right wing of the complex was previously home to the Florence Court until 2012 when it was chosen by the City Hall to house the entire artistic and cultural works of the great director Franco Zeffirelli. The Centre with its Archive, School and Library was the brainchild of the director himself who wanted to create a place of training and teaching linked to the performing arts with a full programme of exhibitions and educational initiatives. To do this the Centre has classrooms, workshops and a Music Room used for concerts and film shows.

For the renovation project of the former Court area Targetti provided the lighting for the museum and the monumental Music Room. To light the Museum that houses more than 250 works of art that tell the story of the director’s life and career using scene designs, drawings and sketches, miniaturised fixtures from the OTTO range mounted on a track on a specially made structure were chosen. With their compact size the OTTO adjustable projectors emphasize the works in the Museum rooms, creating defined and well controlled beams on every piece on display. Particularly suitable in spaces where a precise and modulated light is required these projectors reproduce colours and shades perfectly.

In the Music Room with its frescoed vaulted ceiling surrounded by boxes in exedras inside and along the side walls, professional projectors from the RAY range were used. These fixtures with an essential, simple design produce different effects due to the different optical systems they are equipped with. Every single exedra is emphasised with precise light beams that highlight the statues in a skilful contrast of light and shade. The LED technology the projectors are equipped with make it possible to maintain colour fidelity by enhancing the frescoed works that can be found inside the Room. Fixtures form the RAY range integrate perfectly with the architectural context to ensure comfortable lighting in the space and a relaxing experience during performances.

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