A former foundry in Paris’s 11th arrondissement is site of a brand-new digital art centre that opened on April 13 with an immersive exhibition devoted to Gustav Klimt and Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

The exhibition called Klimt Hundertwasser Poetic_Ai is filled by paintings on the walls and floors. Featuring 140 video projectors and a sound system, the Atelier des Lumieres holds 3,300sqm of multimedia exhibition space, reaching up to 10m high, integrating elements from the former iron foundry, such as a chimney, drying tower, pool and water tank, into the immersive experience.

At the venue’s recent opening, visitors immersed in the work of Klimt and Hundertwasser. Klimt can be seen through some of his most famous works, including art from his “golden period,” portraits and landscapes.

In a first sequence devoted to Neoclassical Vienna, visitors were surrounded by the projected walls and ceiling of the city’s Kunsthistorisches Museum, with its architecture, decoration, frescoes and neoclassical paintings coming into view.

Subsequent sequences of the exhibition showed visitors the facades of Vienna’s buildings, before focusing in on Klimt’s use of gold – projecting the gilded swirls of his famous Tree Of Life on the Atelier’s enormous walls – and on his vision of nature, with a virtual visit to a forest of aligned tree trunks. Later, the figures of Hundertwasser’s paintings danced along the Atelier’s walls.

The show of light and music promises to go beyond the work of two painters to take visitors through 100 years of Viennese painting.

The exhibition runs until Nov 11. – AFP Relaxnews