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Visiting the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, a new way to experience Art

 

When art and technology come together the results are often baffling. Van Gogh’s paintings, for example, for their dynamic quality, have been animated by artists all around the world.

The rough, thick lines and the swirls, combined with his technique (called impasto) make us easily imagine the images moving, which was beautifully accomplished in this Starry Night interactive video, and in 2016 the first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent, was released, for the great joy of Van Gogh enthusiasts.

But not only of Van Goghs interactions are made. In Paris, you’ll discover the Atelier des Lumières, a foundry of the nineteenth century repurposed into a digital space, where the visitor can plunge body and soul into the world of an artistic work. In a hall with monumental dimensions and minimalist decoration, several canvases projected on the walls and on the floor offer an immersive, unforgettable journey!

The numbers of the Atelier des Lumières are impressive: 3,300 m² of surface, more than a hundred laser projectors to put the images in motion and no less than fifty speakers for the sound environment!

For its first inaugural exhibition, the Atelier des Lumières embarks the visitor in the artistic effervescence of the Vienna of the Vienna SecessionGustav Klimt and Egon Schiele opened the first season, which was a great choice, given the popularity of both artists.

I’ve been there two times so far, for love of art and also for a strange sense of communion. Between those giant walls, I felt a sort of embrace, it was a meditative experience. The movement, the sounds, the gigantic proportions summons deep religious feelings. I couldn’t hold back a tear, I was in a light trance, I wanted that moment to last forever. The second time I went there intentionally, to plunge and get lost inside those images. Art is definitely gaining new momentum.

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