Permanent exhibition dedicated to Georg Friedrich Handel centres on perforated archway referencing composer's trip to Italy
Designed by Gerhards & Gluecker, the permanent exhibition space at Handel House for Georg Friedrich Handel is located in the talented composer’s hometown of Halle an der Saale. This gleaming space has been created using the acrylic stone HI-MACS in the tone Arctic White, with a range of artistic attributes inspired by the life of this world-renowned artist.
When questioned on their selection of this particular material, Gerhards & Gluecker stated: “We want the immateriality of music to respond in physical reality with the immateriality of light and shadow.” The result is a winding journey through Handel’s life in a variety of ‘Arctic White’ flourishes.
The most arresting element of the exhibition is the curved pergola of HI-MACS acrylic stone, crafted into a swirling floral archway which references Handel’s four-year trip to Italy. The perforations in the archway were milled by Mobel Damm and are a modern interpretation of Baroque ornamentation, casting swirling shadows across the exhibition floor.
Elsewhere in the permanent display, the rooms are limited to a muted colour palette with thematic focal points. The only room where this doesn’t apply is the main exhibition volume where the walls and floor are painted light grey and original wood furnishing complete the room. In the centre of this space stands a harpsichord on a plinth of Arctic White HI-MACS.