l’atelier des lumières – paris' first digital museum of fine art
In part response to the digital-driven age, and in part acknowledgement of the unique ways in which technology can influence or enhance our experience of art, Chemin-Vert foundry in Paris' 11th arrondissement has been transformed into the French capital's first digital fine- art museum.
Following a storied history since its foundation in 1835, and extensive work in the last four years – overseen by leading cultural crusader, Culturespace – Atelier des Lumière offers an expansive exhibition space that reinterprets fine-art greats, not only making art immersive, but also accessible to a more varied audience.
To mark its recent opening, Atelier des Lumières is hosting an immersive exhibition devoted to the key figures of the Viennese art scene, pioneered largely by Secession painter Gustav Klimt. Honouring the 100th anniversary of the painter’s death, and that of protégé Egon Schiele, their works are brought to life, projected onto 10m-high walls across a 3 300m² space, partnered fittingly with a 'motion design' sound system featuring oeuvres by Wagner, Chopin and Beethoven.
The inaugural programme invites visitors to imbue themselves in the colourful and luminous works of Klimt, his contemporaries, and those whom he inspired. It's a vivid presentation of the portraits, landscapes, nudes, colours, and gilding that revolutionised Viennese painting at the end of the 19th century, and in the century that followed.
Whether intentional or by design, it's a keen reflection on our societal and cultural consciousness too; the radical and progressive ways in which we are able to engage with art, artists and the world around us.
Atelier des Lumières is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm. Late night opening on Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm and Sundays until 7pm. 38 rue Saint Maur 75 011, Paris. For more information and to book entry tickets online visit atelier-lumieres.com