Ombra Bruno / Bemaa curated for the Bianimale Foundations the exhibition design for the Ashes and Snow project from 2001 to 2007, hosting works from canadian photographer Gregory Colbert.
The first exhibition was done in the spaces of the Arsenale (Venice, Italy) with about 200 large scale photographs, projections light boxes and a film and was seen by thousands of visitors. After this first success Colbert wished to share the same experience but in many different locations. The idea of the Nomadic Museum was born. colbert together with Shigeru Ban develop the idea using 150 shipping containers, a membrane roof and paper columns. The interior design of the exhibition halls is entrusted to Ombra Bruno.
Through the use of materials and light the internal structure changes it’s nature: river stones, wood, cardboard and paper (most of them recycled) along with a grazing lighting and “crowns of light” transform the museum in a warmer and suggestive space.
The Nomadic Museum is built in 2005 for the first time in New York on Pier 54. The following two years saw as locations, Los Angeles with the support of Gensler and Tokyo.
The Nomadic Museum won the Gold Medal from the Industrial Design Excellence Awards in the category Environment in 2006. In 2007 Ashes and Snow is also exhibited in Tokyo in the Mori museum again with the exhibition design by Ombra Bruno / BEMaa.