The new Atelier des Lumières opens with light installations inspired by Klimt and Schiele. Gustav Klimts pictorial work from 1862 to 1918 is finally being displaying in a magnificent display of lights and colors splashed on the walls, digitally. Some of the most famous elements of the Austrian painters masterpieces will be shown for a 30 minute light-show at the 'Atelier des Lumières' in Paris. The project evolves around 6 “scenes” lasting 5 minutes each, where paintings are decomposed with the characters coming out of their frame.
On the floor, on the ceilings, on the walls, the colors explode
From this point of view, Klimt lends itself well to digital, as does its contemporary, the sulphurous Egon Schiele, also projected here on all surfaces, from the floor to the ceilings. Total projection, no surface escapes, not even under your feet. You walk around because you must multiply the views, you can climb a staircase to embrace the panorama. The colors are dark on you. The face of Adele Bloch-Bauer, Klimt's muse, which he painted in the most beautiful dresses, seems to be close to you in close-up. And even in Paris, as Bruno Monnier, head of Culturespaces points out, "museums reach only 50% of the population max. Many people do not dare to push the door. Maybe those who are afraid to go to a tradition museum will be less intimidated by a space like this."
More than 3000 images set in motion by 140 laser projectors
Let's be clear, this is not an exhibition, no painting is framed or exhbited like a traditional museum. A ballet rather, more than 3000 images set in motion by 140 laser projectors. The room of mirrors, where the projection continues under your feet, on the water of an old basin of the foundry, to infinity, offers a slight vertigo. The operation associates a former curator of the Musée d'Orsay. Culturespaces manages "real" museums as serious as Jacquemart-André or Maillol. In Paris, they hope to expect from 250,000 to 400,000 visitors. The bookings are promising with already thousands of seats sold at 300 or 400 per day. You can stay as long as you wish, and also try the second room, with a bar and a contemporary immersive art collective.
Bruno Monnier, who directs Culturespaces, would not only like to digitize classical artists, but invite to the 'Atelier des Lumières', young artists who work directly on digital, through immersive installations on huge formats. A festival is planned for September 2019. The time to install the place, before projecting into the future or the present!
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