It’s 11.30am on a sunny Tuesday and I’m in rue Saint-Maur, in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, queuing to gather pre-booked tickets for the midday displaying at L’Atelier des Lumières – Paris’s first digital museum of effective artwork. It’s well worth the wait.
The museum is in a former foundry and is operated by Culturespaces, a French museum basis that specialize in immersive artwork shows. This is the opening exhibition at what Culturespaces calls its “Workshop of Lights”, and its bigger house, La Halle, is devoted to Gustav Klimt and a century of Viennese portray. There are additionally works by Egon Schiele and Friedrich Stowasser, better-known as Hundertwasser. A smaller room, Le Studio, is given over to rising artists – and exploring AI and digital installations.
Using state-of-the-art visuals and audio, artists’ works are reworked as photos of their work are projected (utilizing 140 laser video projectors) on to (and throughout) 10-metre-high partitions over the huge three,300 sq. metre floor space of the renovated 19th-century constructing. These photos present an immersive and panoramic present all through the house, to a sound observe of music by Wagner, Chopin, Beethoven and others, utilizing an modern “motion design” sound system, with 50 audio system programmed to enhance the 3D visible expertise.
It’s troublesome not be overawed by the size and depth of this futuristic exhibition and the multi-sensory expertise it supplies. It’s additionally an try to make effective artwork extra accessible and to attract in youthful audiences.
Visitors surrounded by digital variations of Klimt’s work. Photograph: E Spiller
Culturespaces president Bruno Monnier says: “People do not learn about culture as they did in the past. The practices are evolving and cultural offering must be in step with them. The marriage of art and digital technology is, in my opinion, the future of the dissemination of art among future generations.”
We enter by means of a concrete slab in a wall and stroll into the foundry, with its tall drying towers, naked partitions and illuminated water tank: a super canvas for what seems to be a mesmerising digital show. We stand within the darkness, confused locals mingling with vacationers, the pillars towering above us. Then because the overture from Wagner’s Tannhäuser blasts across the room, hundreds of photos are set in movement. We’re transfixed as 360-degree views of artworks flash across the room. Alive with sound and color, work slowly come into focus, characters come out of their frames and artworks come to life – on the partitions, on the cylindrical pillars, on the ceiling and even on the ground beneath our toes.
Installation within the museum’s Le Studio … Poetic_Ai by Ouchhh
Over the following 30 minutes, we’re taken on a six-part journey, starting in neoclassical Vienna, displaying Klimt’s works in his home metropolis, on columns at Kunsthistorisches Museum, adopted by unique posters from the Vienna Secession artwork motion. The vivid colors of Hundertwasser’s work float across the ground, and later turn out to be a subject of flowers as we transfer by means of the character sequence.
Perhaps essentially the most thrilling half is the eye to element – digitally – of Klimt’s attribute “golden” part. Rather than jostling for a spot close to a framed portray, I discover myself wanting to succeed in into the house in entrance of me and contact the gold leaf and ornamental motifs of The Kiss and The Tree of Life as they’re digitally solid across the venue and set in movement to a Viennese waltz. At the top, gold is changed with brilliant colors as we stare upon Klimt’s unique portraits of girls and women – of all shapes, ages and sizes – elaborate but elegant and so very stunning, representing femininity in all its kinds.
The urge for food is clearly rising for immersive artwork exhibitions: because it opened three months in the past, greater than 400,000 folks have visited Atelier des Lumières. According to Monnier this has exceeded Culturespaces expectations: “We are already thinking about another site in France. At the end of this year, we will open a similar digital art centre in South Korea; it will be in a former bunker on the Pacific island of Jeju. We will open our first site in the US in 2019. Our know-how with this technique is unique and sought-after around the world now.”
It’s the good artwork exhibition I’ve seen in a while, an actual addition to Paris’s buzzing 11th arrondissement. Do try to go to.
• Adult €14.50, under-25 €9.50, household €42, under-5 free, atelier-lumieres.com. Open day by day 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday until 10pm