From London to Paris, via Bordeaux and Dortmund, 2023 promises to be rich in immersive exhibitions. Discover our selection of eight digital experiences not to be missed next year.
Whether you are more modern art, Art Nouveaupainting from the North or the wizarding world, there is bound to be an immersive exhibition waiting for you in 2023. In Paris, Chagall, Harry Potter, Mucha and Street Art will be honored while across the Channel is preparing a new kind of experience concocted by David Hockney. To the Leases-of-Provence, the greatest Dutch painters will bring a little light from the North to the South and a new immersive place will soon open its doors in Germany. Discover eight immersive exhibitions that will light up the next year.
1. Chagall from Paris to New York
Eiffel Tower, fantastic bestiaries, marvelous characters, fables, biblical episodes, Russian folklore… All the vocabulary of the imagination of Marc Chagall (1887-1985) will soon parade on the walls of the Atelier des Lumières. The Parisian digital art center offers for its long program an unprecedented exhibition on all of the creation of the modern artist, highlighting his work at the crossroads of the influences and artistic innovations of his century. From Paris to New Yorktwo crucial cities in Chagall’s career, the exhibition will illustrate the painter’s experimental research on extracts from classical music, klezmer and jazz.
“Chagall, Paris-New York”
from February 17, 2023 to January 31, 2024
2. Mucha and Art Nouveau
For its new digital exhibition, the Immersive Grand Palais will continue to make its visitors dream with an immersive monographic on Alfons Mucha (1860-1939), one of the leading artists of Art Nouveau. The subsidiary of the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais (RMN-Grand Palais) will show Mucha as a multi-faceted artist: philosopher, icon of refinement, elegance and modernity, pioneer of poster art and precursor of advertising… In addition to illuminating his masterpieces, the exhibition will devote a section of its route to the legacy of the artist, his influence on the pacifist movement Flower Power from the 1960s to Japanese manga, superheroes, street and tattoo artists. A unique and poetic experience in perspective.
“Mucha, beyond Art Nouveau”
Immersive Grand Palace
from March 22 to August 20, 2023
3. The masters of the Golden Age of Dutch painting
In 2023, the genius of painters from the North will triumph at the Carrières des Lumières. The digital art center of Les Baux-de-Provence will propose as the red thread of its new exhibition the unique way in which the Dutch masters have painted light and its atmosphere, whether it illuminates the facades or the interior of homes. Visitors will be able to stroll through the mysterious paintings of Vermeerthe intimate portraits of Rembrandt, the kingdom of the gods of Abraham Bloemaert, the frozen expanses of Hendrick Avercamp, the sea of Hendrick Cornelisz, the festive tavern of Jan Steen and end their artistic stroll in the dreamlike painting of Vincent van Gogh as a colorful final bouquet.
“Vermeer to Van Gogh, the Dutch Masters”
from February 24, 2023 to January 1, 2024
4. Dive into the wizarding world
Can’t wait to get your Hogwarts letter? Next spring, Harry Potter : the exhibition” arrives in Paris. After attracting more than half a million Potterheads (nickname of Harry Potter fans) at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia (United States) and a first European stop at the METAStadt in Vienna (Austria), the largest immersive exhibition on the fantastic universe is settling in the French capital for delight wizards and muggles. The interactive experience will unfold over more than 3,000 square meters and will present behind the scenes of the story imagined by JK Rowling, from the novels to the saga of blockbuster films, including the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Visitors will be able to contemplate real props and costumes from the wizarding world and (re)discover the iconic supernatural scenes, characters, sets and creatures.
“Harry Potter: The Exhibition”
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
5. David Hockney digital version
For its inauguration, Lightroom in London (United Kingdom) will present an exceptional exhibition, the result of three years of close collaboration with David Hockney. On four floors, the new cultural venue, equipped with the latest digital and audio projection technologies, will house a new kind of show that combines works of art, animations, archives, interviews and tailor-made music to highlight the creative process. by David Hockney. From Los Angeles to Yorkshire, via Normandy, the artist will use Lightroom to take the public on a journey through his art. The event will showcase iconic David Hockney paintings as much as rarely seen or previously unseen pieces. This new kind of show, which will invite visitors to look at the world through the eyes of the artist, will also underline his fascination for the range of possibilities offered by new technologies such as the iPad.
“David Hockney: Bigger & Closer (not smaller & further away)”
from January 25 to April 23, 2023
6. Dalí and Gaudí in Bordeaux
The former submarine base of Bordeaux will live in 2023 to the rhythm of Catalonia. In collaboration with the Dalí Foundation, the Bordeaux site of Culturespace will offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in more than sixty years of creation by the Catalan master during its long program. In particular, they will be able to stroll through the surreal landscapes of the painter who mixes reality with the mysteries of consciousness, fantasies and memories, punctuated by music by Pink Floyd. Then, he will take them to Barcelona to immerse them in Gaudí’s architecture during his short program. From the Casa Milà to the Sagrada Família, via Parc Güell, the opportunity to prolong the past exhibition which took place at the Musée d’Orsay.
“Dali, the endless enigma” and “Gaudí, architect of the imagination”
Pools of Lights
from February 3, 2023 to January 2024
7. Street Art, from the streets to the screens
With the Internet and social networks, Street Art has undergone a new revolution, leading to a new relationship between artists and urban space. The third exhibition at the Immersive Grand Palais in Paris will retrace an urban history of art before showing how the digital revolution of the last twenty years has favored a change in Street Art practices and its appropriation by the public. From the New York subway to paintings by drone, passing by the stencils of Banksy and NFTs, the event will explore the artistic recognition of Street Artists and their creations that redefine the boundary between the real world and the digital universe, in an immersive walk. An invitation to take a new look at this open-air art.
“Street Art, from the streets to the screens. Urban art in the digital age »
Immersive Grand Palace
from September 20, 2023 to February 18, 2024
8. Klimt’s gold in Dortmund
For its opening, the Phoenix des Lumières in Dortmund (Germany) crosses time and space to illuminate the portraits, landscapes, nudes, colors and gilding of Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) with its 13 meter high walls and an area of 3000 square meters. If you have not had the opportunity to observe the masterful works of the artist at the head of the Viennese Succession at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, at the Bassins des Lumières in Bordeaux or at the Fabrique des Lumières in Amsterdam in the previous years and months, take advantage of a stay in the German city to dive into imperial Vienna at the end of the 19th century and contemplate marvelous paintings such as The kiss (1908-1909) in this former gasworks.