Gustav Klimt at Atelier des Lumières takes visitors on a journey through 100 years of Viennese painting. The immersive exhibition, which has just been extended until January 6, 2019 takes an original look at the works of Klimt – marking the centenary of his death, through a presentation of the portraits, landscapes, nudes, colours, and gilding that revolutionised Viennese painting at the end of the nineteenth century.
This is the first exhibition to be hosted in the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, which alongside the Klimt work, also includes paintings by Egon Schiele, with all the works brought to life by being projected onto the former foundry’s huge projection surface to the sound of music. Klimt was one of the principal decorative painters of the sumptuous monuments on the Ringstrasse in 19th century Imperial Vienna. He led the Vienna Secession, a movement that sought to break away from academic art. The gold and decorative motifs that characterise his works are a symbol of this artistic revolution.
The location for this exhibition – the Atelier des Lumières is also fascinating. The former Plichon iron foundry was originally founded in the 19th century in the heart of the east of Paris and is currently undergoing restoration. Culturespaces, a leading private operator in the management and promotion of monuments, museums, and art centres and a pioneer of digital art, uses 140 video projectors and a spatialised sound system with the multimedia equipment able to cover a total surface area of 3,300 m2, extending from the floors to the ceilings and over walls up to 10 metres high. Since the opening, more than 650 000 visitors have already experienced this total immersive experience.
There’s nothing like a dynamic location to show dynamic art, so downtown Denver, Colorado certainly fits the bill. It was recently home to the Supernova Outdoor Digital Animation Festival, which delivered a full-scale immersion in digital animation and art on public LED screens throughout the city-centre alongside a widespread program of community collaborations and artwork exhibitions. The festival is famous for its exclusive competitions that allow artists to present work to the public in the most unique, dynamic ways. This year, besides the 15 artists singled out for the annual competition program, organisers also initiated two new competitions that operated in more experimental and situational capacities – in the most heavily traffic congested area of the city-centre where 32 digital animations created by artists from around the world were shown on a dynamic two-faced LED screen. Check out some of the winning films from the Festival here
Refik Anadol specialises in hybrid relationships between architecture and media arts. His Refik Anadol Studio creates site-specific public art with a parametric data sculpture approach and live audio/visual performances as part of immersive installations.
The Pilevneli Gallery in Istanbul Turkey presented Melting Memories, Anadol’s take on the “intersection of advanced technology and contemporary art” with a showcase of several interdisciplinary projects that translated the elusive process of memory retrieval into data collections to immerse visitors in his creative vision of “recollection.”
His recent work was a projection at Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Concert Hall meant to celebrate the centenary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Projections included text, photos and patterns created using artificial intelligence (AI) and the orchestra’s digital archive.
Finally, take a look at the work of Dan Hermes, all of whose work is dedicated to moving digital paintings that are designed for framed, flat screen televisions or projection installations. He uses video, digital graphics, and CGI to “delve into the essence of traditional oil paintings”. What do you think?