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Clouds and Sun on Dentelle n°5



Inauguration of “Dentelles de lumière” this Thursday in Rome!

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Views of the stained glass series from the Egyptian Academy



Monsieur Wouter Bracke, Directeur de l’Academia Belgica de Roma, et Madame Patricia Emsens, Mécène vous prient de leur faire le plaisir d’assister à l’inauguration de l’installation permanente d’art contemporain 
Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche 
le jeudi 20 septembre 2018 à partir de 17h00

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” est la dernière commande publique d’Adrien Lucca. Il s’agit d’une intervention in situ permanente, géométrique et non-figurative déployée sur 5 grandes fenêtres situées à l’extérieur de la bibliothèque de l’Academia Belgica, en face du mur ouest de l’Academie d’Egypte à Rome.

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” est le résultat de recherches sur la lumière naturelle, le verre et les mathématiques mené pendant 5 mois de résidence à L’Academia Belgica.

Afin de vous permettre de comprendre le long processus de création, cette inauguration sera précédée d’une présentation par l’artiste lui-même.


17h00 – presentation 
18-21h00 – reception


Il Direttore dell’Academia Belgica, Wouter Bracke, insieme a Patricia Emsens, mecenate, hanno il piacere di invitare la S.V. all’inaugurazione dell’installazione permanente d’arte contemporanea

Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche
20/09/2018, a partire dalle ore 17

“Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” è l’ultima opera pubblica commissionata di Adrien Lucca. Si tratta di un’installazione in situ permanente, geometrica e non figurativa, dispiegata su cinque grandi finestre situate all’esterno della biblioteca dell’Academia Belgica, di fronte alla parete ovest dell’Accademia d’Egitto a Roma.

“Dentelles de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” è il risultato di una ricerca sulla luce naturale, il vetro e la matematica condotta durante cinque mesi di residenza presso l’Academia Belgica.

Per consentire una miglior comprensione del lungo processo creativo, questa inaugurazione sarà preceduta da una presentazione dall’artista stesso.

L’inaugurazione dell’installazione conclude il mandato del Prof. Bracke come direttore dell’Academia Belgica.


ore 17 – presentazione 
ore 18-21 – ricevimento


Wouter Bracke, Director of the Academia Belgica in Rome, together with Madame Patricia Emsens, patron, have the pleasure of inviting you to the inauguration of the work

Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche
Thursday, September 20, start from 5 PM

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” is the latest public commission by Adrien Lucca. It stands for a permanent site-specific intervention, geometric and non-figurative deployed on 5 big windows located outside the library of Academia Belgica, against the wall of the Accademia d’Egitto a Roma. 

“Dentelle de Lumière – allégorie de la recherche” is a result of the research on natural light, glass and mathematics during 5 months of residency at the Academia Belgica. 

In order to allow visitors comprehend the long-term creation process, this inauguration will be preceded by a presentation by the artist himself. 
5 PM – presentation 
6-9 PM – reception

Art & science relationships examples #1

First of a series of posts about art & science relationships.

Recently I have been studying a bit more than before the work and the writings of Olafur Eliasson. I just discovered this fantastic short documentary film about his collaboration with the icelandic architect Einar Thorsteinn:

The Model Room, 2009

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Two portraits of Einar Thorsteinn


Thorstein declares “I have never had such a close relationship with anybody I met before that with Olafur Eliasson”, then explains about what they did together in collaboration. Eliasson then defines himself as “not really good at anything but i’m ok in everything” before explaining a bit about the organization of his studio. Beautiful.


I cannot resist to also quote some of the things that Eliasson wrote in Some Ideas About Color (2006), that are making a lot of sense to me:

“the idea that things are not as they appear to be is a very healthy argument.”

“What I look at is […] not only the experienceing of the artwork itself, or the artwork and institution as one, but also – and even more importantly – the ways in which the visitors may experience themselves experiencing the artwork. The audience should, in other words, be encouraged to see themselves both from a third-person perspective, that is, from the outside, and from a first-person perspective.”

“[…] in preserving the freedom of each visitor to experience something that may differ from the experiences of others, art can continue to have a significant impact on both the individual and society as a whole.”

Dentelles de lumière – allégorie de la recherche

Inauguration on September 20, 2018 at the Academia Belgica

Academia Belgica, Via Omero 8, 00197, Roma, Italy

“Dentelle”, last day of work

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(photo) Edouard Pagant working on the last “Dentelle”.

After 25 days of work, I am happy to announce that a permanent stained glass work called “Dentelles de lumière”, made in-situ on 5 large glass sheets in the building of Academia Belgica in Rome, has been completed with success.

This work on glass is the result of a research involving a study of natural light, glass chemistry, drawing and quasi-periodic geometry. Dentelles… plays with the parameters of the natural light environment during the day (diffuse and direct sunlight, color of the environment, etc.) As the conservator-scientist Stefan Michalski described what it does: “Scattering of light by white pigmented translucent films lit variably and dynamically from each side + relative contrast effects”.

The inauguration will happen during the afternoon at Academia Belgica, via Omero 8, Rome, Italy on September 20, 2018.

More info + documents soon.


Dentelle: permanent glass painting technique


The major steps of the work in video:

videos by Marjolijn Debulpaep

First “Dentelle” completed


There’s just some cleaning left to do :)

“Dentelle” @ Academia Belgica Rome, starts!

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Doing my summer homework in Rome ;)

A monumental stained glass piece in Rome’s Belgian Academy just started to appear. The piece appears completely different during the different phases of daylight around the building.








In-situ test for “Yellowless Corridor”, a future artwork in Maashaven station, Rotterdam, NL


Somebody brought a yellow jacket…

Microkosmos at night


Illumination by 4 custom “Special warm-white” light fixtures:


…and on the diaporama below, the difference between day and night:

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Video: special warm-white light at été 78 in 2017

inauguration of Microkosmos


Opening around 7PM

photo by Julien Sales



Pink blond beer at midnight

May 25: inauguration of Microkosmos in Brussels



You are codially invited to join us for the inauguration/party on May 25 at 6:30PM


Hey Huys, rue Egide van Ophem 46, 1180 Brussels


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