Immersive Klimt: Revolution
Now On View in Old Town Scottsdale
Now on view at the Lighthouse ArtSpace Phoenix in Old Town Scottsdale, the exhibition Immersive Klimt: Revolution, features a 45 minute experience where visitors are surrounded by 360 degrees of Gustav Klimt’s paintings.
The show, produced by Immersive Van Gogh creator and digital artist Massimiliano Siccardi, features the works of Austrian painter Gustav Klimt, including his most famous paintings The Woman in Gold, Tree of Life, and The Kiss. More than 350 images of Klimt and fellow artist Schiele’s creations were utilized by the Lighthouse team to produce this event.
A rebel, genius and legend, Gustav Klimt explored and expressed colors, shapes and patterns without inhibition or limitation. From the streets of Imperial Vienna to the natural world of water lilies, vibrant blooms and mermaids, to his acclaimed Golden Phase, Klimt’s vivid imagery is on display.
Unlike Siccardi’s previous show, which solely focused on Van Gogh’s paintings and personal life, Revolution blends the history, culture and music of Klimt’s time period. Works by his protégés, Austrian artists Egon Schiele and Koloman Moser, are also featured. The show displays 60,600 frames of video on more than 500,000 cubic feet of projection surfaces.
“If you’re going to do Gustav Klimt, you have to talk all about Vienna at the time, the Vienna Succession movement in culture and arts, which he led, and he wound up revolutionizing everything,” Richard Ouzounian, a creative consultant of Lighthouse Immersive, said. “Then, in 1914, at the climax of all of this, World War I happened and the Austro-Hungarian empire fell apart. It’s a really complex piece of history, art and philosophy.”
“This is bringing in a world, not just a man’s life,” Ouzounian continued. “Van Gogh was an extreme closeup of Vincent. This is a big screen epic about Vienna from 1890 to 1918, but Klimt is at the center of it. It’s about so much more than Klimt.”
The show, which follows the same format as the Van Gogh exhibit, will feature two galleries including “a mezzanine” where the film is projected. Guests will enter the galleries through a tunnel after passing through a “mirror room” which features historical facts and information about the artist Gustav Klimt and his time period.
“The first room is full of material that informs attendees about the period and Klimt and his supporters so you don’t walk in dead cold,” Ouzounian said. “The more guests know before they go in, the better they will like the show.”
The artist’s evolution in style is well documented. “The painting Klimt did in the last five years of his life does not look like the same painting that the man did at the beginning of his life,” Ouzounian said. “It seems they were two different artists.”
“The last five minutes of the show will play techno-pop music to shade Klimt’s final works — all which seem like they could come from a more modern era of time,” Ouzounian said.”It looks like you’re in a modern art exhibition today,” It’s amazing. You’ll think, ‘I’ve wandered into a rave.'”
Other works by Klimt on display include: Lady with Hat and Feather Boa, The Beethoven Frieze, The Fable, Lady with Fan, Judith and the Head of Holofernes, Water Serpents, Landscape with Cypress, Mäda Primavesi, Death and Life, and The Bride.