To mark its opening, the Atelier des Lumières will present an immersive exhibition devoted to the main figures in the Viennese art scene, of which Gustav Klimt was a key figure. To mark the hundredth anniversary of the painter's death, and that of Egon Schiele, their works will be brought to life to the sound of music.
The venue, Paris' new "studio of lights" is housed in a former foundry with a 16,000-square-foot exhibition hall. Using 140 laser video projectors and a spatialized sound system, the space in the eternal city's 11th arrondissement transforms artists' biographies and work into immersive technicolor shows.
In late nineteenth-century Imperial Vienna, Gustav Klimt was one of the principal decorative painters of the sumptuous monuments on the Ringstrasse. At the dawn of the new century, he led the Vienna Secession, a movement that sought to break away from academic art. Both famous and contested, Klimt paved the way to modern painting. The gold and decorative motifs that characterise his works are a symbol of this artistic revolution.
The immersive exhibition includes the works that typify Klimt's work and made him so famous—his 'golden period', portraits, and landscapes.
The showcase will also present works by major Viennese artists such as Egon Schiele and Friedensreich Hundertwasser, who were influenced by Klimt’s work. Influenced by the artistic effervescence of the end of the nineteenth century, Schiele advocated a new form of representing landscapes and the human body. Hundertwasser, who would have been 90 in 2018, infused his architectural structures and paintings with a symbolic dimension.
Produced by Culturespaces and created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, and Massimiliano Siccardi, with the musical collaboration of Luca Longobardi, this inaugural artistic programme invites visitors to immerse themselves in the colourful and luminous works of Gustav Klimt, works by his contemporaries, and those whom he inspired.
Taking visitors on a journey through one hundred years of Viennese painting, the immersive exhibition takes an original look at the works of Klimt and his successors through a presentation of the portraits, landscapes, nudes, colours, and gilding that revolutionised Viennese painting at the end of the nineteenth century and in the century that followed.
Atelier des Lumières
38 Rue Saint-Maur,
75011 Paris, France