The exceptional Carrières de Lumières Baux-de-Provence site will be hosting Klimt and Vienna, a Century of Gold and Colours, a dazzling new multimedia show that will run from 7 March 2014 until 4 January 2015. Produced by Culturespaces and realised by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, the show uses multimedia capability as a vehicle to convey emotion and invite visitors to wander freely around the quarries, taking them on a journey through 100 years of Viennese painting to the heart of the bright, colourful works of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), his contemporaries and the artists he inspired, namely Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000).
The show comprises thousands of digitised images of works of art that are projected onto all the former quarry’s surfaces, moving to the rhythm of a musical soundtrack. Fully immersed in image and sound, visitors will enjoy a unique sensory experience as they explore the image-rich universes of these major painters in the history of art. Thanks to this leading edge multimedia mechanism developed by Culturespaces, the Carrières de Lumières site once again demonstrates that access to art can be innovative and dynamic. Over 372,569 visitors enjoyed this innovative approach to art during 2013.
A new multimedia show : “Klimt and Vienna, a Century of Gold and Colours”
Gustav Klimt was one of the great decorative painters who worked on the majestic monuments of the Ringstrasse in imperial Vienna at the end of the 19th century. At the dawn of the new century, he led the Viennese Secession. Gold and the decorative motifs which are characteristic of Klimt's works, the most famous of which is "The Kiss", will remain a symbol of this artistic revolution. This show presents the distinctive works which made Klimt a success: his golden period, his portraits and his landscapes.
The walls of the quarry also welcome works by Viennese artists like Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928-2000) who were influenced by Klimt's work. Driven by the artistic effervescence characteristic of the end of the 19th century, Schiele represented landscapes and the human body in a new way.
A few decades later, Hundertwasser embodied an artistic revival strongly influenced by the revolution which Klimt had started. His painting and his architecture, anchored in the full respect of nature and man, reflect the source of life and the elements.
This new show at the Carrières de Lumières offers an original perspective on Klimt and his successors through portraits, landscapes, nudes, colours and gilding which revolutionised Viennese painting in the 20th century.
To produce this ambitious show, Culturespaces has once again called upon the talent and expertise of Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Massimiliano Siccardi and Renato Gatto. Together they have designed tailor-made son et lumière shows, adapted to the extraordinary particularities and dimensions of the quarries, with walls up to 14 metres high. They work from thousands of images, broken down and reassembled to generate movement.