World’s Largest Digital Arts Centre Opens in Bordeaux

“Gustav Klimt: Gold and Color” onto the concrete walls of the former Nazi submarine base

by Rossana Vinci
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© Culturespaces / Anaka Photographie.

 

Art after the COVID-19. Delayed for seven weeks by France’s coronavirus lockdown, the world’s largest digital art gallery, called Bassins de Lumières, has opened in Bordeoux on June 10.

On view large-scale images of works by the famed Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt and a smaller section devoted to colorful abstract pieces by renowned German artist Paul Klee.

© Culturespaces / D. Chauvet-Roldan.

 

Located in Bordeaux’s former submarine base, the Bassins de Lumières is ready to present monumental immersive digital exhibitions devoted to the major artists in the history of art and contemporary art. 

A colossal concrete bunker that was once a submarine base for Nazi U-boats in the Second World War has been given a new lease of life as the world’s largest digital arts centre.

Courtesy of © Culturespaces and © Bassins de Lumières.

 

The submarine base’s surface area is three times the size of that of the Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux-de-Provence and five times that of the Atelier des Lumières in Paris.

Visitors are able to view giant digital renderings of works by famous artists set to music and projected on to the walls of the structure.

Courtesy of © Culturespaces and © Bassins de Lumières.

 

The art institution is projecting large-scale images of works by the famed Austrian painter, Gustav Klimt, onto the concrete walls of the base’s submarine pens. The “Gustav Klimt: Gold and Color” exhibition features portraits, landscapes and nudes in the artist’s unmissable, gilded style. The show also chronicles Klimt’s career evolution, from his departure of the neoclassical to pioneering the Vienna Secession movement.

© Gianfranco Iannuzzi.

 

Also on view abstract pieces by Paul Klee. Titled ”Paul Klee: Painting Music,” the presentation pays tribute to the artist’s unknown musical abilities, immersing viewers “from an opera overture in an imaginary city to an underwater concerto amidst gold and multicolored fish,” as per a statement by the gallery.

 

Simulation © Nuit de Chine. Paul Klee.

 

The digital exhibitions will be perfectly adapted to the monumental architecture of the submarine base and will be reflected in the water of the four enormous basins, thereby adding a new dimension to the immersive experience. Visits will be conducted on gangways above the water and along the quays of the enormous basins.

 

Simulation © Nuit de Chine. Paul Klee

 

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All images: courtesy of © Culturespaces and © Bassins de Lumières.

 

 

 

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