On April 13, 2018 it will open its doors in an old foundry in the XI district, "L'Atelier des Lumières" or in Bulgarian translation "Atelier of Lights", a center for digital art, where giant and animated reproductions of masterpieces of great masters. 400 visitors are expected each year.
In a former foundry on Saint-Maur Street (XI), the private company Culturespaces, which aims to promote and manage historic cultural monuments, will open a digital art center that will feature impressive reproductions of works of art. The first exhibition will be dedicated to Klimt.
It's amazing to see and admire the digital reproduction of the famous Klimt Kiss - projected at 10 meters high, in its smallest pixels, under the sound of gentle music. Culturespaces has announced in advance that art connoisseurs will have this opportunity again this year when the "Atelier of the Lights" opens. This is a digital art center currently under construction on Saint-Maur Street 38, near the Voltaire subway. In this former 19th-century foundry from which various elements will be preserved, the private company will offer the price of a movie ticket for "immersive monumental exhibitions." This is what she did for 5 years, in the disused quarry at Baux-de-Provence (Bouches-de-Rhône).
"The screenings will occupy all the walls and the entire floor, ie. 3 300 Square Meter, ”said Bruno Monier, president of Culturespaces. "The audience will literally be immersed in a blending and motion-filled image and sound, thanks to the largest video projection installation in the world. It will be an overall experience. This is a new way of discovering art, in the context of the dilution of works due to the globalization of temporary exhibitions. "- continues the professional who also manages 12 cultural institutions (the museums" Maillol "and" Jacquemart-André "," Arènes de Nîmes', 'La Cité de l'Automobile de Mulhouse').
Already passing through the entrance, decorated in the old factory style, the public will walk its own way in the huge industrial hall with an area of 1 500 sq. M. , until Christmas 35) and a short program of 2018 minutes - dedicated to Friedensreich Hundertwasser, heir to the Vienna Secession (The term secession, as the Austrian version of Art Nouveau is called, was derived from the name of the Union of Radical Viennese Painters and Sculptors founded in 7 under them it Viennese Secession - Wiener Sezession, secession). The 1897 Square Studio, equipped with a bar immersed in the night, will, on the other hand, welcome contemporary digital artists, experienced or still developing, who will be given complete freedom of action.
The grand exhibition will change every year and will be available for eleven months, with one month's winter closure required to maintain the facilities. The Atelier des Lumières will be open 365 days a year, 7 days a week, from 10 to 18 hours on weekdays (until 19 hours on Saturdays and Sundays), one night until 22 hours on Friday nights. "We hope to welcome 300 000 and 400 000 visitors every year," says Culturespaces President.
There will be over 3000 images, with two large exhibition spaces. The La Halle Hall will feature works by artists such as Egon Schiele, Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Gustav Klimt during their "golden period". In the room "Le Studio " works by contemporary artists will be screened.
The metamorphosis of an old foundry from 1835.
"We wanted to invest in a place that has both history and true identity," admits Bruno Monier. After two years of exploration in the capital, Culturespaces casts its eye on an old foundry, created in 1835 by the Plishon family, on Saint-Maur Street (XI), to install its digital art center. The construction turned out to be very complicated. This process involved the creation of a "box in box" in order to protect the adjacent buildings whose metal structures were preserved from noise, as well as the old brick chimney (dismantled to assemble piece by piece). An old refurbished tank, where we can penetrate and interact with screens, will occupy an important place in the hall, as well as a huge pile of marine cargo boxes. The public will also be able to stroll through the mezzanine (semi-ground floor, located between the ground floor and the first floor), in a huge concrete cube filled with endless mirrors, or around a swimming pool that will reflect projected images. "The idea is to offer the visitor numerous experiences," summarizes the president of Culturespaces.
Here is what the foundry looks like without the artistic installation:
Statistics in numbers:
400 people - this is the number of visitors he hopes to attract each year to L'Atelier des Lumières on Rue Saint-Maur (XI).
3 300 square meters - this is the projection surface (walls - up to 10 meters high and below - above 2 000 square meters) that the art center will offer.
1200 person - this is the maximum number of visitors that can be indoors at a time.
120 laser projectors will be used to allow the movement of 3000 images. They will be connected to the 50 Controlled Speaker.
from 12 to 13 €. - ticket price.
9 million - the cost of a two-year conversion project for the old foundry.
7 days a week, L'Atelier des Lumières will be open every day of the year.
Here is the real situation in the next video: