Exhibition "100 Years of Adjustable Light - The Origin and Topicality of Flexible Lighting"
14 January to 24 February 2019
Coinciding with imm cologne and PASSAGEN 2019, the Cologne Museum of Applied Arts will be opening 100 Years of Adjustable Light – The Origin and Topicality of Flexible Lighting. The exhibition retraces both the 100-year history and the inventive and aesthetic dimensions of adjustable light. Starting with the innovations developed by lamp manufacturer Midgard at the beginning of the 20th century – whose founder Curt Fischer is considered the ‘inventor of adjustable light’ – the exhibition will showcase a range of selected examples by various manufacturers and designers up to the present.
1919 was a year of upheaval, of social and political renewal. One hundred years ago, electricity and electrical lighting arrived at factories and homes alike. In the same year, the engineer Curt Fischer from Thuringia had his ‘adjustable universal wall arm’ patented. Born from the necessity of providing suitable lighting for the workstations in his own factory, he developed ‘special illumination devices’, lamps with a large degree of flexibility and for multiple applications.