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Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo / Georges Méliès

From 4 March 2017 to 7 January 2018
Carrières de Lumières
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The Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo

The Carrières de Lumières are holding their sixth exhibition of immersive art: ‘Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo : fantastique and merveilleux’ (‘The fantastic and wonderful world of Bosch, Bruegel and Arcimboldo’), from 4 March 2017 to 7 January 2018. Produced by Culturespaces and created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, and Massimiliano Siccardi, with the musical collaboration of Luca Longobardi, this new show invites the spectators to explore the unbridled imagination of the animated paintings of these great sixteenth-century masters.

From Hieronymus Bosch’s most emblematic triptychs, such as The Garden of Earthly Delights, The Temptation of Saint Anthony, and The Hay Wagon, to Giuseppe Arcimboldo’s remarkable compositions of flowers and fruit, and the village festivities depicted by the Bruegel dynasty, the Carrières de Lumières embraces the fascinating worlds of the great masters who represented these animated scenes of life and the duality of a world shifting between good and evil. Their work shares the same excellent facture and incredible inventiveness. Bosch’s hallucinatory imagination and Arcimboldo’s highly creative and improbable faces are complemented by the joyous triviality of Bruegel’s works, whose many figures are inspired by reality.

In this new immersive exhibition, which lasts around thirty minutes and includes more than 2,000 digital images projected on a total surface area of 7,000 m2, the Carrières de Lumières will be filled with innumerable fantastical creatures and allegorical figures. These are depicted spontaneously, and some are frightening and others amusing and caught up in comic situations—all these characters are reflections of the viewers. Man’s vanities, spirituality, pleasures, temptations, and vices are all evident in the landscapes painted with an acute sense of detail by Bosch, Bruegel, and Arcimboldo. The show ends with Bosch’s wonderful Garden of Earthly Delights, inviting visitors to enter a phantasmagorical world. The show’s soundtrack oscillates between classical and contemporary music, playing, for example, the famous pieces Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff, The Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi, reinterpreted by Max Richter, the works of the Russian composer Modeste Petrovitch Mussorgsky, and music by the British rock group Led Zeppelin.

Georges Méliès, the cinemagician

After the immersive exhibition ‘Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo. Fantastique et merveilleux (‘The Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Bruegel, and Arcimboldo’), there is a screening of ‘Georges Méliès, le cinémagicien’ (‘Georges Méliès: the “Cinemagician”’), a shorter show that uses all the artistic and technological potential of the AMIEX® concept. Made by Cosmo AV from images and film extracts, it was produced with the assistance of the Association Cinémathèque Méliès.

The short six-minute film pays tribute to Georges Méliès (1861–1938), a pioneering film-maker and the father of special effects. A contemporary of the Lumière brothers, the illusionist recognised the future potential of their cinématographe (an early moving image projector) and was one of the first to use it for artistic purposes. He made over six hundred films that explored fantastical and fantasy worlds with the help of many special effects.

In this voyage of discovery into Méliès’ poetic and surrealist world, the spectators in the Carrières de Lumières discover his workshop, a veritable hotchpotch of bits and bobs where the craziest dreams take shape, climb aboard a space rocket, land on the moon, explore the North Pole, plunge into the abysses, get lost in the centre of the earth, journey right into the caves of Hell, and so on. During this magical journey, they encounter monsters and fantastical creatures and travel through ever-changing landscapes created by Méliès. This reveals all the inventiveness of this master of illusion, who hails his audience at the end of the show.

Extracts from some of his most well-known films (such as A Trip to the Moon, Conquest of the North Pole, and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), emblematic creations in his oeuvre (such as his famous moon), film screenshots and family photos, and portraits of Méliès are projected onto the walls of the Carrières de Lumières. This reveals all the genius of a man who so successfully empowered art with technology.

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Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo

Georges Méliès, le cinémagicien

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