We’re with Audrey Hepburn for her travel truth – “Paris is always a good idea”. While we’ve reiterated why France will always be a top destination to visit, its capital just added yet another reason for it to be a must stop at. By Megha Uppal
Opened just last week, the Atelier des Lumières (meaning ‘house of lights’) is hosting an exhibition on Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890). The masterful artist didn’t receive his due of accolades during his lifetime, however, after his passing Van Gogh’s works were recognised and they changed the world of art irrevocably. As a tribute to the genius, the Atelier des Lumières is presenting ‘Van Gogh, Starry Night’ till December 31 this year.
Produced by Cultrespaces, a leading cultural management organisation for monuments, museums, art centres, temporary exhibitions, and immersive digital exhibitions, the show has been created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, and music by Luca Longobardi. The visual and musical production is displayed across all surfaces of the venue, retracing the intriguing life of Van Gogh. These offer a glimpse into the 2,000 pictures he painted in the last 10 years of his life, which breathe life into collections across the world today.
The focus is on the Dutch artist’s strong and expressive strokes that are highlighted by bold colours used in his artworks. Paintings such as ‘Starry Night’ (1889), ‘Sunflowers’ (1888), ‘The Potato Eaters’ (1885), and ‘Bedroom at Arles’ (1889) are bringing out the elements, along with the high emotional quotient and the frenzy of the mind and heart represented by his use of light colours with bold ones, an unending play of shadow and light.
As the journey through his life takes the form of moving images, the creators have emphasised the painter’s use of impasto (a painting technique, where paint is laid on in very thick layers, thick enough that the brush or painting-knife strokes are visible), the force his paintings carry, and the chromatic richness of his palette. This is accompanied by his paintings on display in the middle of the exhibition, accompanied by commentaries about his oeuvre and Atelier des Lumières, to help one gain deeper insight into the story behind it. Follow Van Gogh’s life from Neunen, and Arles, to Paris, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, and Auvers-sur-Oise, as one gets immersed in his journey from early years to attaining maturity, from sunny landscapes and nightscapes to his portraits and still lives.