World’s largest digital art centre in Bordeaux has opened its gates for visitors to witness its first immersive exhibition of Gustav Klimt’s artwork. By Tanvi Jain
If you are an art enthusiast, then Bordeaux is the place for you, because the French city has opened the gates of the world’s largest digital art centre — Bassins de Lumières — and is welcoming visitors to witness its debut exhibition of renowned Austrian painter Gustav Klimt.
“Today is a great day for Culturespaces, which inaugurates the Bassins de Lumières, the largest digital art centre in the world. Located in the old Bordeaux submarine base, the Bassins de Lumières presents immersive digital exhibitions,” tweeted organiser Culturespaces, who are expecting a turnout similar to that of the Parisian exhibition at the Atelier des Lumières, which managed to gather over one million art lovers.
Along with the Klimt exhibition, the digital art centre has also planned a programme dedicated to German artist Paul Klee. Another interesting fact about the location of this digital art centre is that it stands on a concrete bunker, which was once a submarine base for Nazi U boats during World War II.
“When we saw the place for the first time, we had a flash. The gigantism did not scare us, the difficulty of the project motivated us — the concrete, the gigantism, the water, the reflections. It’s a magical place,” Augustin de Cointet, Director General of Culturespaces told AFP.
Reports suggest that after the successful launch of Atelier des lumière in Paris and the Carrières de lumière in Baux-de-Provence, Culturespaces, has now invested around 14 million euros in the Bordeaux project.
The world’s largest centre whose opening was delayed by at least two months due to the novel Coronavirus outbreak has finally opened its gates to the public but will allow visitors in limited numbers only, with the mandatory wearing of masks, in order to abide by the social distancing and other safety norms.