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Bassins de Lumières, the Opening of a New Digital Art Centre In Bordeaux by Culturespaces

On 17 April 2020, Culturespaces will open the largest digital art centre in the world: the Bassins de Lumières. Share

France’s leading private operator in the management and promotion of monuments, museums, and art centres, Culturespaces is pursuing the creation of digital art centres and immersive exhibitions. Located in Bordeaux’s former submarine base, the Bassins de Lumières will present monumental immersive digital exhibitions devoted to the major artists in the history of art and contemporary art. The submarine base’s surface area is three times the size of that of the Carrières de Lumières in Les Baux-de-Provence and five times that of the Atelier des Lumières in Paris.

The digital exhibitions will be perfectly adapted to the monumental architecture of the submarine base and will be reflected in the water of the four enormous basins, thereby adding a new dimension to the immersive experience.

Bassins de Lumières, the Opening of a New Digital Art Centre In Bordeaux by Culturespaces
Photo: Courtesy of Culturespaces

Visits will be conducted on gangways above the water and along the quays of the enormous basins. ‘Following the creation of the Atelier des Lumières, we are pleased that we have created this enormous digital art centre for the City of Bordeaux. The Bassins de Lumières will offer visitors unforgettable visual and audio experiences in a unique setting, a place for sharing culture that is open to all types of visitors.’ said Bruno Monnier, President of Culturespaces.

Throughout the year, the Bassins de Lumières will hold exhibitions for lovers of traditional and contemporary art, and several exhibitions will be presented simultaneously:

  • around the four enormous basins will be presented a continuous cycle of immersive digital exhibitions alternating between a long exhibition, devoted to the major artists in the history of art, and a shorter exhibition devoted to more contemporary works.
  • in Le Cube, a new 8-metre-high area with a surface area of 220 m2, devoted to contemporary artists specialising in immersive art, will be presented works by established and up-and-coming digital artists
  • in La Citerne, a new 7-metre-high area with a surface area of 155 m2, the links between original works and their originating museums will be explored.
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