By Mikkel Hyldebrandt
Located between Bastille and Nation, in a former foundry in the eleventh arrondissement of Paris, the Atelier Des Lumières has opened its doors to a digital art experience that will immersive you into the artworks in a highly unique way.
Using 140 video projectors and a state-of-the-art spatialized sound system, the multimedia equipment covers an exhibition area of over 35,000 sq ft that extends from floor to ceiling creating a monumental, immersive art experience. The Atelier Des Lumières has two areas for visitors: La Halle and Le Studio. In ‘La Halle,’ a continuous cycle of immersive digital exhibitions will be projected, alternating between shows devoted to significant figures in art history and more contemporary artists.
The Atelier Des Lumières opened April 13 with a long-term program devoted to Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890- 1918). The exhibition, which will run until November 11, immerses you in the works of these artists, who were closely related to the Nineteenth-century Vienna Secession – an Austrian art movement of artists who resigned from the official art association to create modern art. The digital visualization and virtualization of the artworks enables visitors to not only behold Gustav Klimt’s frescoes but also get a unique immersive experience that at times surrounds you entirely by an artwork. By projecting the works over all the surfaces in the Atelier Des Lumières, the beholder experiences an unprecedented scale and clarity of the art making it possible to focus on other details or view the art in its entirety or from a whole new perspective.
The short program will focus on another artist who symbolized Viennese creativity: Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000), who was greatly influenced by the Secession.
With Gustav Klimt as the key figure in the Austrian modern art movement, the exhibition takes you on a journey through a hundred years of Viennese painting. The immersive display takes an original look at the works of Klimt and his successors through a presentation of the portraits, landscapes, nudes, colors, and gilding that revolutionized Viennese painting at the end of the nineteenth century and in the century that followed. In an explosion of color, the Atelier Des Lumières links between the various eras and provide a visual and musical journey through the creative works of the past and the present.
In ‘The Studio,’ the visitors will discover the work of experienced or emerging artists. As an area devoted to contemporary art, it gives carte blanche to digital artists who are capable of creating unique visual worlds.
As President of Culturespaces and curator of the Atelier Des Lumières, Bruno Monnier, explains: ‘The role of an art center is to decompartmentalize, and that is why digital technology is so important in twenty-first-century exhibitions. Used for creative purposes, it has become a formidable vector for dissemination, and is capable of creating links between eras, add dynamism to artistic practices, amplify emotions, and reach the largest possible audience’.
The Exhibition Klimt, Hundertwasser, and Poetic_AI exhibitions will show at the Atelier des Lumières, the first Digital Art Centre in Paris, from April 13 to November 11, 2018. More info at www.atelier-lumieres.com.