In the Light of Amarna -100 Years of the Nefertiti Discovery

Project data

Client: Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Staatliche Museen Berlin
Performance: Planning, production, installation
Design: Duncan McCauley GmbH und Co.KG
Place: Neues Museum, Berlin
Year: 2012
Volume: 31.500 €
Area: 80 qm


To mark the anniversary of the discovery of the bust of Nefertiti on 06.12.1912, the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection is showing a large-scale special exhibition on the Amarna Period in the Neues Museum on Berlin’s Museum Island. museumstechnik berlin was commissioned to construct and install the “sun wedge” for the exhibition. Designed by architect Duncan McCauley, the installation symbolises the break with the Amarna period and the end of the era of Akhenaton, the “Sun Pharaoh”. The “sun wedge” is a triangular, almost seven-metre high and ten-metre wide luminous structure. Its freely suspended steel and aluminium frame is covered with 80 m² of backlit translucent fabric. Internal sodium discharge lamp lighting, which produces a very bright light, combined with the fabric, lends the installation its sun-like luminosity, bathing the space in a glow like the evening sun.