Light & Architecture | A Bespoke Installation In Istanbul

Day, Light, Night Exhibition | 19 Oct 2016 – 22 Jan 2017 | Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey

Day, Light, Night is a celebration of Tepta Lighting’s 25th anniversary at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art in Turkey. The first installation in the region to exclusively focus on lighting, it showcases bespoke experiential creation from leading architects, artists and lighting design-oriented brands represented by Tepta in Turkey, including Tabanlioglu Architects and Aqua Creations.

The exhibition showcases nine different artworks and installations curated by  leading lighting designer Ulrik Brandi. Organised to remark the importance of light in daily life and architecture, the exhibition showcases work that interpreted natural light not through imitation but inspiration.

“Natural light leads us through our days and nights – in other words through our whole lives. Natural light makes us healthy and happy and helps us to experience our environment. It creates different atmospheres. So, why don’t we learn more from natural light when we create spaces with artificial light? Let’s not imitate, let’s be inspired by natural light.” – Ulrike Brandi, Curator

Mood Board Magazine is excited to feature two of our favourite installations from the exhibition.

Video Art Lamp

Aqua Creations is a lighting and furniture Atelier that was founded in 1994 as the small household business of photographer Albi Serfaty and artist Ayala Serfaty and has now grown into an international brand with global sales and displays in over 100 lighting and interior stores worldwide. Their Video Art Lamp uses silk fabric, wrapped panelled frames, creating a soft wall that illuminates through the glow of projecting images, sourced from NASA.

Video Art Lamp (VAL) Installation – Photo Tabanlioglu Architects

Aqua Creations, Video Art Lamp (VAL) Installation ©Photo by Tabanlioglu Architects


The installation _Thur_ is inspired by the reflective capacity of a mirror to create numerous perspectives. Tabanlıoğlu Architects managed to capture the viewer’s imagination via a mix of visual play, reflection and diffusion. Every step taken into _Thru_ conveys a new surprise, with coincidental images illustrating the paradoxical narrative of “Day, Light, Night”.


“_Thur_ benefits from the lightness of the silk and the generative capacity of the mirrors; together they establish a labyrinth, guiding the visitor towards the source of illumination.” – Melkan Gursel, Tabanlioglu Architects

The bespoke installation visually reflects the brand’s trademark artisanship and innovation, whilst embedding experiential lighting techniques.


The exhibition is organised with the patronage of the Consulat General of Italia in İstanbul and will run through January 22, 2017 at the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art.

Day, Light, Night
18 October 2016 – 22 January 2017
Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Meclisi Mebusan Caddesi
Liman Sahası 4 Nolu Antrepo, Karaköy
Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Opening Times
Monday – Friday: 08.00 am – 17.00 pm

Sarah Barlondo is the Founder and Editor in Chief at Mood Board Magazine. An entrepreneur and devoted activist, she studied Architecture at Parsons, School of Design and Journalism+Politics at The New School in New York. She founded Access New in New York, the first student coalition for students with disabilities. Sarah Barlondo is now based in London where she studied at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture and is now completing her Architecture degree at Central Saint Martins.