Fabrique des Lumières
Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek was initially built in 1885 by the Imperial Continental Gas Association, but when the new millennium dawned the building was given a new lease of life and became a cultural hub to be enjoyed by everyone in the city. It is located in Westerpark, just a short ten-minute walk from the oldest part of Amsterdam. The Fabrique des Lumières, which stretches across 2,800 m2, will be open to everyone in Amsterdam and the surrounding area. The exhibitions will be suitable for visitors of all ages and will be specially designed to complement the venue’s unique architecture, with its seventeen-metre-high walls. Alongside the immersive exhibitions focusing on classical and modern artists, an additional space will provide a backdrop for exhibiting contemporary works of art.
2022 Exibition Programme
“Gustav Klimt” - Long exhibition
To mark its opening, the Fabrique des Lumières will be exploring a century of Viennese painting and offering a one-of-a-kind look at the work of Gustav Klimt and his successors through a plethora of portraits, landscapes, nudes, colours and golds. Klimt was the driving force behind the Vienna Secession, a movement that sought to shake up European art, paving the way for contemporary painting. The golden hues and decorative motifs symbolise this artistic revolution. Visitors will be invited to cast their eyes over large-format masterpieces, such as Klimt’s iconic work The Kiss, and will be immersed in the Imperial Vienna of the late nineteenth century. Created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, with music by Luca Longobardi.
“Hundertwasser” - Short exhibition
Created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, the “Hundertwasser: in the Wake of the Vienna Secession” exhibition immerses visitors in the work of Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928 – 2000). A painter and architect, he followed in the footsteps of the Vienna Secession movement that was around several decades earlier. He breathed new life into art, and was heavily influenced by the artistic revolution instigated by Klimt. His paintings and architectural work, which are deeply imbued with respect for both mankind and nature, draw on the source of life and the elements. Like Gustav Klimt, the artist abandoned perspective, instead opting for a succession of planes. He turned his back on straight lines, preferring more expressive strokes that gave rise to irregular forms.
In the contemporary creations studio: “Journey”
“Journey” is an experimental journey exploring the birth of photons, one of the primary elements of light. This exhibition accompanies photons on their journey through each layer of the eye (iris, vitreous humour, optical nerve, etc.) until they eventually reach the neurons and are converted into electrical signals. It describes the process by which photons are transformed into a form of energy that is perceptible by the brain. A contemporary creation by the Nohlab production studio.