Paris’s new dig­i­tal art venue opens with im­mer­sive Klimt

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PARIS — A for­mer foundry in Paris’s 11th ar­rondisse­ment is site of a brand-new dig­i­tal art cen­tre that opened on April 13 with an im­mer­sive ex­hi­bi­tion de­voted to Gus­tav Klimt and Frieden­sre­ich Hun­dert­wasser.

The ex­hi­bi­tion called Klimt Hun­dert­wasser Poet­ic_Ai is filled by paint­ings on the walls and floors. Fea­tur­ing 140 video pro­jec­tors and a sound sys­tem, the Ate­lier des Lu­mieres holds 3,300sq.m of mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion space, reach­ing up to 10m high, in­te­grat­ing el­e­ments from the for­mer iron foundry, such as a chim­ney, dry­ing tower, pool and wa­ter tank, into the im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence.

At the venue’s re­cent open­ing, vis­i­tors im­mersed in the work of Klimt and Hun­dert­wasser. Klimt can be seen through some of his most fa­mous works, in­clud­ing art from his “golden pe­riod”, por­traits and land­scapes.

In a first se­quence de­voted to Neo­clas­si­cal Vienna, vis­i­tors were sur­rounded by the pro­jected walls and ceil­ing of the city’s Kun­sthis­torisches Mu­seum, with its ar­chi­tec­ture, dec­o­ra­tion, fres­coes and neo­clas­si­cal paint­ings com­ing into view.

Sub­se­quent se­quences of the ex­hi­bi­tion showed vis­i­tors the fa­cades of Vienna’s build­ings, be­fore fo­cus­ing in on Klimt’s use of gold – pro­ject­ing the gilded swirls of his fa­mous Tree of Life on the Ate­lier’s enor­mous walls – and on his vi­sion of na­ture, with a vir­tual visit to a for­est of aligned tree trunks. Later, the fig­ures of Hun­dert­wasser’s paint­ings danced along the Ate­lier’s walls.

The show of light and mu­sic prom­ises to go be­yond the work of two painters to take vis­i­tors through 100 years of Vi­en­nese painting.

The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til Novem­ber 11. — AFP

Pure gold: Klimt can be seen through some of his most fa­mous works, in­clud­ing art from his ‘golden pe­riod’, por­traits and land­scapes. — AFP Photo

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