“THERE IS NO LIFE SECTOR SO MISERABLE THAT DOES NOT OFFER A SPACE FOR ARTISTIC ASPIRATIONS”
The Klimt Experience, a multimedia representation dedicated to the founding father of the Viennese Secession, moves to Milan. Klimt is an artist whose works have become part of our collective cultural heritage; yet we often ignore the artistic and cultural scenario of his works. The paintings and architecture of Vienna at the end of the nineteenth century, the beginning of the twentieth century in which the artist moves, have been fundamental in influencing Klimt’s work, as well as in design, fashion and landscapes. In short, the essence of Vienna’s secessionist.
In 2018, Vienna will celebrate the centenary of Gustav Klimt’s death. And in this context the Klimt Experience project is born, hosted now by the MUDEC in Milan. The exhibition arrives in Milan after the stages of Florence – Santo Stefano in Ponte, Rome – Austrian Cultural Forum, Caserta – Reggia di Caserta.
KLIMT AND THE MYTH OF TOTAL ART WORK
More than one exhibition, Klimt Experience is a multisensory journey. It consists in images, sounds, music, and evocations, which tells the context where Gustav Klimt lived and worked, becoming one of the main protagonists of the whole exhibit. We’re in Vienna at the end of the nineteenth century; a city whose pictorial, cultural and social universe has been so lively to give life to the Secession. It was in this scenario that Klimt cultivated the myth of the total work of art, which according to the artist passed through painting and architecture to the applied arts (examples are Hoffmann’s jewels inspired by Klimt himself) and fashionable (Klimt designed clothes with his partner Emilie Flöge).
Despite works like The Kiss, The Tree of Life and Judith being known to all, Klimt remains to discover as an all-round artist. An artist who lived in a city that was a cruel thrust of a thriving innovation within a context in great ferment. Vienna was boasting of novelty in every area of knowledge; from science to philosophy, from psychoanalysis to art, from architecture to proto design and, of course, to music.
We know Klimt’s pictorial work; but how much do we know of the multifaceted historical-artistic context in which he lived and worked? This is the goal of Klimt Experience: to propose to visitors a new model of fruition of art through the potential of new technologies. Experience the works in an immersive and total way, an invitation to deepen the knowledge of the Viennese artist and the context in which he created his works.
AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
Displayed are 700 selected images that allow the otherwise unimaginable complete view of the works of the artist in a single environment. One experience room involves all available space, from walls to ceiling to seamless floor. The images of the works are projected with a single stream of fluid forms, as in a dream designed for us by the master.
In addition to the works of Gustav Klimt you can admire vintage photographs of both the life of the artist and Vienna of the early twentieth century and its symbolic places, among which the indispensable Palace of the Secession with the magnificent Beethoven frieze. And since music will always have a profound connection to both human history and, specifically, its artistic nature, you’ll able to accompanied throughout this immersive experience by the notes of Strauss, Mozart, Wagner, Lehár, Beethoven, Bach, Orff and Webern.
After visiting the Klimt Experience it will be difficult to wake up from the dream Klimt designed for us. The Italian Eye suggests not to waking up at all! Take this emotion as a stimulus to visit Vienna and see live the works projected in the hall. Despite the immersive experience being exciting, the real places, the canvases, the layers of paint, the smell of a museum, the frame of a painting, will always continue to excite us more than a digital experience.
Mudec – Museum of Culture
Via Tortona 56, Milan
Infoline +39 0254917 (Mon-Fri 10.00-17.00)
14:30 to 19:30
Friday / Sunday
09:30 to 19:30
Thursday and Saturday
9:30 to 22:30
12,00 € Whole
10,00 € Reduced
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