Simulation of ‘Gustav Klimt, Gold in Motion’
Fans of the recent immersive Vincent Van Gogh exhibits will be delighted to hear that a new sensorial art museum is set to open in New York this summer.
Step inside the ornate walls of The Hall Des Lumières, a new permanent digital art center for immersive exhibitions coming to Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. It makes its home in the restored opulence of 49 Chambers Street, formerly the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, decorated with ornate marble, brass and stained glass.
A joint project between Culturespaces (Ateliers des Luminieres in Paris) and international event producers IMG, the Hall Des Lumières will illuminate its 28,000-square-feet with the inaugural exhibit “Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion.”
Similar to the Van Gogh installation that made its way across the United States and the world, the Gustav Klimt experience is headed by Gianfranco Iannuzzi. The symbolist artist’s most famous works will appear digitally and move with the audience throughout the space, offering a new perspective on Klimt’s often erotic pieces.
The Austrian painter’s work features a myriad of colors with a frequent focus on gold. His broad use of symbols and abstract renditions marks Klimt as one of the most well-known painters of the Art Nouveau period. In his 55 years, he created paintings, murals, sketches and other art objects, though his most famous work, the painting titled “The Kiss,” was crafted in 1908.
The work will be displayed at actual scale, which is often quite large, projected onto the building’s tall pillars and cathedral ceiling, and set to an original soundtrack. The display will also include pieces by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, one of Klimt’s successor’s, according to an article in TimeOut.
Culturespaces is a French organization that manages global museums and art centers with an emphasis on digital art, and the Klimt exhibit has been crafted to complement its historic venue. Meticulous care and attention has been paid to the restoration process, so that the space can be reused for art exhibitions and other cultural events for years to come.
Culturespaces promises to bring other cultural events to the space, including Frieze art fairs, New York Fashion Week engagement, a planned exhibit titled “Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh,” and more.
While the exhibit is not open to the public until summer, customers can sign up for emails regarding ticket releases and exhibit updates. Visit halldeslumieres.com to learn more.
Photography by: Erich Lessing; De Agostini Picture Library / E. Lessing / Bridgeman Images; Culturespaces / Nuit de Chine