After welcoming over 513,000 visitors for Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael: The Giants of the Renaissance which closed its doors on the 3 January last, les Carrières de Lumières in Baux-de-Provence continue their innovative and ambitious artistic project with a unique multimedia exhibition devoted to Marc Chagall (1887 - 1985).
Produced by Culturespaces with the assistance of the Comité Marc Chagall, and created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi with the musical collaboration of Luca Longobardi, this new audio-visual show offers audiences a remarkable opportunity to discover the impressive oeuvre of Marc Chagall, an artist of Russian origin who obtained French nationality in 1937.
Most of the artist’s best-known masterpieces have been digitized and will be screened on the 5,000 m2 of the former stone quarry of Les Carrières de Lumières. A spectacular experience that promises to be a highly memorable one for the public! The first show focusing on a single artist at Les Carrières de Lumières, this new 2016 multimedia exhibition has been designed as a veritable journey through the major phases of the artist’s career.
Chagall: Midsummer Night’s Dreams is a story in twelve parts—Vitebsk, Life, Poetry, Collages, The War, Stained Glass, The Opéra Garnier, Daphnis and Chloé, Mosaics, The Circus, Illustrations and The Bible—presenting Chagall’s creativity in all its diversity, and his multiple sources of inspiration. The universal themes of love, the family, roots, the landscape, the circus, war, and music are perfectly showcased within the wonderful setting that are Les Carrières de Lumières.
For the first time, the close-ups of certain works featured in the collection of the Musée national Marc Chagall in Nice allow the visitor to see the artworks in a new light and to appreciate their depth and expressive richness. In addition to Chagall’s painted work, the show also reveals his collages, mosaics and stained glass windows, thereby illustrating the full range of Chagall’s talents. The show fills Les Carrières de Lumières with a sea of vibrant colours, characteristic of the artist’s palette, infusing the site with a poetic and particularly dynamic atmosphere.
The choice of the soundtrack accompanying the show has been guided by pianist Mikhaïl Rudy, a close friend of Marc Chagall’s. Music and images complement each other allowing audiences to revel in the majesty of the site. Reproductions of the artworks come to life on the ground, walls and columns of Les Carrières de Lumières, transformed into a giant screen for the occasion. Thanks to the use of cutting-edge technology, making use of 100 video projectors and 27 speakers, the spectator truly ‘enters into the work of the artist’, discovering up-close previously unnoticed or overlooked details.
Chagall’s modernity springs forth from the complexity of his brushstrokes, the range of his palette of colours, and his audacious compositions. Les Carrières de Lumières offer a rare opportunity to explore and discover the artist’s work.
Itinerary of the exhibition
- Vitebsk (Chagall's home town)
- Life (the couple, the lowers)
- Poetry (enchantment and utopia)
- Stained-Glass windows
- Ceiling of the Opéra Garnier
- Daphnis and Chloe
- The Biblical message
Artistic direction: Gianfranco Iannuzzi
Design and co-production: Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, Massimiliano Siccardi
Video animation: Massimiliano Siccardi, Ginevra Napoleoni
Composition and musical arrangement: Luca Longobardi
Gianfranco Iannuzzi est concepteur d’espaces et spectacles immersifs. Il réaménage et réinvestit artistiquement des lieux multiples, en extérieur comme en intérieur. Ses créations sont fondées sur l’image, le son et la lumière utilisés comme medias d’expression sensorielle.
‘I would like to offer visitors an alternative cultural experience where they are no longer passive spectators but actively enter the very heart of the artwork, as if the latter were an immense stage and the visitor an active participant in the performance. When I see children playing with the images on the ground or couples dancing to the music at the quarry, I feel we have met our objective.’
Renato Gatto est enseignant de théâtre et assistant metteur en scène. Son approche est centrée sur le lien entre le corps et la voix. Il dirige l’Accademia Teatrale Veneta, école pour la formation professionnelle de l’acteur à Venise. Il enseigne la technique vocale et participe au Projet Didactique du théâtre de la Fenice de Venise.
Massimiliano Siccardi est vidéaste et artiste multimedia. Il a développé une activité de recherche et de production intégrant les nouvelles technologies dans les installations et les spectacles. Il travaille sur l’image animée et son intégration dans des performances artistiques et théâtrales.
Ginevra Napoleoni une artiste qui concentre sa recherche dans l’art vidéo. Son travail unie peinture, installations vidéo et performances artistiques live. Elle crée également des scénographies virtuelles pour le théâtre.
Luca Longobardi est pianiste et compositeur. Il a ouvert le langage classique à l’expérimentation électronique. Il compose essentiellement pour la danse contemporaine, les performances artistiques et les installations multimedia.
The Carrières are open every day from 4 March 2016 to 8 January 2017.
January, March, November and December: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
April, May, June, Septembre and October: 9.30 a.m.-7 p.m.
July and August: 9.30 a.m.-7.30 p.m.
LAST ADMISSION 1 HOUR BEFORE THE CARRIERES CLOSES.
The book and gift shop is open during the Carrières’ opening hours.
Full rate: € 12
Reduced rate: € 10
Reduced rate for children aged 7-17, students, Education Pass holders, unemployed and disability card holders (on presentation of written proof). Free for children under the age of 7 and journalists (on presentation of written proof).
Offers for families
Free entry for the second child aged 7 to 17 when two adults and one child entries have been bought.
Route de Maillane 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
Carrières de Lumières is located 800 m from the Château des Baux-de-Provence, 15 km north-east of Arles and 30 km south of Avignon.
By road : motorway A7 (exit Avignon), A9 (Nîmes) and A54 (Baux-de-Provence). Free coach park upon presentation of the reservation slip for the Carrières.
By bus : line 59 Saint Rémy de Provence – Arles (from 25 May to 29 September). Download the timetables
By train : Aix-en-Provence and Avignon TGV stations.
By plane : Marseille and Avignon airports.