After their recent success with Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael: The Giants of the Renaissance, the Carrières de Lumières (a former quarry north-east of Arles that holds art-based multimedia shows) are hosting a new ambitious exhibition, this time a multimedia exploration of Marc Chagall.

Since their opening les Carriers Lumiers have attracted 1.6 million visitors, and Chagall: Midsummer Night’s Dreams will certainly attract a few more. Produced by Culturespaces with help from the Comité Marc Chagall, this new audio-visual show of Carrières de Lumières, offers audiences an incredible opportunity to witness the impressive oeuvre of Marc Chagall. Some of the Chagall’s most famous masterpieces have been digitized, to be screened on to the 4,000m2 site of the former quarry.

Marc Chagall, born in 1887, was of Russian origin and gained French nationality in 1937 and he will be the first solo subject of a Carrières de Lumières show, which has been designed to take you on a journey through the major phases in the artists career.

Chagall: Midsummer Night’s Dreams is a story in twelve parts to present Chagall’s creativity in all it’s diversity and his multiple sources of inspiration: Vitebsk, Life, Poetry, Collages, The War, Stained Glass, The Opéra Garnier, Daphnis and Chloé, Mosaics, The Circus, Illustrations and The Bible. The universal themes of love, the family, roots, the landscape, the circus, war, and music are showcased within the wonderful setting.

The soundtracks accompanying the show have been guided by pianist Mikhaïl Rudy, who was a close friend of Marc Chagall’s, allowing music and images complement each other, and so, allowing audiences to revel in the majesty of the site. Reproductions of the artworks are reanimated on the ground, walls and columns of Carrières de Lumières, which is essentially transformed into a giant screen for the occasion.

With the use of cutting-edge technology, using 100 video projectors and 27 speakers, the visitor  ‘enters into the work of the artist’, discovering up-close previously unnoticed or overlooked details. Chagall’s modernity is enhanced with this new technology, which offers visitors a rare opportunity to truly explore the artist’s work.

Chagall: Midsummer Night’s Dreams will be running from 4 March 2016 – 8 January 2017 at Carrières de Lumières, Les Baux de Provence, France.

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