Immersion artistique dans les Carrières de Lumières

Art immersion at Carrières de Lumières

IMG_5706.jpgCarrières de Lumières, Photo © oneARTlover 2018

Everything you can imagine is real
– Pablo Picasso

The hillside town of Les-Baux-de-Provence located in the heart of the Alpilles region in southern France is a historical and architectural heritage site and the setting for a state-of-the-art digital art centre. Culturespaces, the leading private organisation managing French monuments and museums produces unique, immersive art experiences in a disused, limestone quarry. Closed since 1935, Les Grands Fonds quarry (‘carrière’ in French) was rediscovered in 1959 by visionary genius Jean Cocteau who, captivated by the natural beauty of the landscape chose the site to film The Testament of Orpheus. In the late Seventies, the first audio-visual shows were created for a project inspired by the ideas of 20thcentury Czech scenographer Joseph Svoboda using the monumental rock walls as a backdrop for a sound and light show.

Culturespaces led by a talented creative and production team took on the custodianship of this historic space and in March 2012, under the direction of Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi,‘Carrières de Lumières’ opened with a technicolour exhibition « Gauguin, Van Gogh: Painters in Colour ». Since its inception, numerous works of art have been brought to life through the Art & Music Immersive Experience (AMIEX®) featuring specially-composed musical arrangements by Luca Longobardi. AMediterranean-themed journey featuring Monet, Renoir and Chagall linked in with the 2013 Marseille-Provence cultural programme and Gustav Klimt and the Viennese art scenestole the limelight in 2014. Giants of the Renaissance Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci and Raphael as well as the Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Brueghel and Arcimboldo have all illuminated the 20 million-year old white-blondBaux‘stone of the south’.

IMG_8558.jpgCarrières de Lumières, Photo © oneARTlover 2018

A sister-site located in the 1835 Chemin-Vert foundry in Paris’ 11th arrondissement opened in April this year.The newly-inaugurated Atelier des Lumières is revisiting « Klimt and Vienna »to mark the 100thanniversary of the artist’s death as well as that of Egon Schiele. Two additional shows are running concurrently: Hundertwasser, in the Wake of the Vienna Secession and Poetic_Ai, a contemporary installation by creative new media agency Ouchhh.

Currently lighting up the provençal limestone is a phenomenal show on Picasso and the Spanish Masters where visitors walk, literally into the imaginative, painted worlds of these iconic European geniuses. Bathed from head-to-toe in Picasso, Goya, Rusiñol, Zuloaga and Sorolla, the spectator becomes the muse, the bird, the wave or an abstract player in the battle of Guernica!

Connecting art and historical locales, the Culturespaces initiative diffuses renewed light into original, disused sites and opens up impressive kaleidoscopic visual stories documenting the lifeworks of some of the most pivotal artists of our time.

IMG_8560.jpgCarrières de Lumières, Photo © oneARTlover 2018

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IMG_8563.jpgCarrières de Lumières, Photo © oneARTlover 2018

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IMG_8568.jpgCarrières de Lumières, Photo © oneARTlover 2018

‘Picasso and the Spanish Masters’ runs at Carrières de Lumières until 6 January 2019. At Atelier des Lumières ‘Gustav Klimt’ and ‘Hundertwasser, in the Wake of the Vienna Secession’ until 11 November 2018 and ‘Poetic_Ai’ until 31 August 2018.

For further information about Carrières de Lumières, click here or Atelier des Lumières, click here.

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