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Carrières de Lumières

Paul Cezanne, Self-Portrait in a Bowler Hat (sketch), 188586, oil on canvas, 44.5x 35.5 cm Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhagen © akg-images/Erich Lessin

The new digital and immersive exhibition in the Carrières de Lumières will present Cezanne’s most significant works, such as his still lifes of apples, The Card Players (1890–95), and The Great Bathers (circa 1906). A self-taught painter who produced 900 canvases and 400 watercolours, Cezanne (1839– 1906) painted portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and historical scenes … and created many versions of a single theme, as he endlessly experimented with the possibilities of pictorial representation.

Initially rejected at the Salon and later recognised by his contemporaries, at a retrospective held in 1895 by Ambroise Vollard, Cezanne is now considered the pioneer of modernism. Strongly influenced by Delacroix and Courbet at the beginning of his career, he subsequently abandoned studio work and shifted towards Impressionism, following Pissarro’s example and painting in the open air.

His unique construction of form and use of colour, and his tendency towards abstraction led him to go beyond Impressionism, and he even influenced the cubists, the Fauves, and the avant-garde painters.

The father of modern art, he inspired Zola, van Gogh, Pissarro, Monet, Renoir, Matisse … Picasso described him as ‘the father of us all’. Via a thematic and intimate itinerary that promotes reflection, the immersive exhibition created and produced by Cutback under the artistic direction of Gianfranco Iannuzzi reveals Cezanne’s inner torment, the power of his compositions, his approach to light and colour, and his link with nature, which was his greatest source of inspiration-his obsession.

The visitors are then immersed in nature, under the vast canopy of the trees, forests, parks, and gardens where the bathers can be seen, ending with the Cézannian representation of nature par excellence: Bibémus and l’Estaque, culminating in the Mont Sainte-Victoire. Dismissing the need to produce works that are immediately pleasing to the eye, his paintings are also deeply and completely sincere, conveying the artist’s uncertainty and passion. Visitors will view representations that reflect the artist’s personal life: the self-portraits that capture his inner torment, the sobriety that resulted from the slow pace of daily life in Aix-en-Provence, and the intimacy of his studio.

Paul Cezanne,The Pond, 1877–79, oil on canvas, 47 x 56.2, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, USA © akg-images

The energetic brushstrokes, the use of paint and its evolution, the continuing presence of nature, the suspension of time, the development towards an abstract reality of forms and colours … Cezanne’s oeuvre attests to this multifaceted pictorial style. Following the theme of nature, Provence, and the Mont Sainte-Victoire, ‘Cezanne, the Master of Provence’ takes visitors on a journey into the heart of the artist’s major works.

Route de Maillane

13520 Les Baux-de-Provence France

The Carrières are located 800 metres from the Castle of Les Baux, 15 km to the north-east of Arlesand 30 km to the south of Avignon.The Carrières de Lumières are entirely accessible for people with reduced mobility.

Open every day: January, November, and December: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. March: 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.April, May, June, September, and October: 9:30 a.m.–7 p.m. July and August: 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m.Last admission 1 hour before closing time.The cultural gift shop is open during the Carrières opening times.

INFINITY DES LUMIERES

OPENING MARCH 2021, THE DUBAÏ MALL

Culturespaces is opening a new CULTURESPACES DIGITAL® art centre in Dubaï, in partnership with the Spanish group METRA, which will be called “Infinity des Lumières ».

The new digital art centre was inspired by the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, which is visited by more than one million persons each year who come to see its immersive exhibitions that focus on the greatest painters in the history of art. The ‘Infinity des Lumières’ will be located at the foot of the famous Burj Khalifa tower, on the second floor of the Dubai Mall, which is visited by 80 million people every year. Work is underway and the CULTURESPACES DIGITAL® technical teams will set up the site for an opening soon ( 2021 ), with an inaugural immersive exhibition devoted to Van Gogh.

Dubai Mall © Dubai-online

On two floors, with 7.5 metre high ceilings, 120 video projectors, and 35 speakers, this new 2,500 m² digital art centre will host several immersive digital exhibitions devoted to classical, modern, and contemporary artists; this is made possible by the expertise of CULTURESPACES DIGITAL®, which is capable of perfectly and simultaneously integrating thousands of images in enormous areas. Thanks to this cutting edge technology, the visitors will be completely immersed in the images and music.

The digital and immersive exhibitions are veritable visual and audio experiences that are accessible to all.

CULTURESPACES DIGITAL®, which runs the largest digital art centres in the world, is continuing to develop its activities internationally and pursuing its objective of cultural dissemination with the opening of the Infinity des Lumières, its fifth digital art centre.

The CULTURESPACES DIGITAL® art centres include:

– The Bassins de Lumières, Bordeaux (in 2020)

– The Atelier des Lumières, Paris (since 2018)

– The Bunker de Lumières, Jeju, South Korea (partnership since 2018)

– The Carrières de Lumières, Les Baux-de-Provence (since 2012)

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