Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’© Hall des Lumieres

You Can Now Fully Lose Yourself In Gustav Klimt’s ‘The Kiss’

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Austrian artist Gustav Klimt’s most iconic masterpieces are coming to life in an immersive exhibition in New York City to mark the launch of a new art center.

NYC is known to be one of the most thriving hubs of art in the world. This is why it’s even more exciting that a new art destination has been added to the list of places to visit in the city if you’re an art buff. The immersive Klimt exhibit, titled ‘Gustav Klimt: Gold In Motion’, will mark the inauguration of the newly launched art centre Hall des Lumières, formerly the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank.

The exhibit is going to be the first of many custom-designed immersive events hosted by the art centre that merges technology, art, and music in ways that transform the experience of visiting a gallery altogether.

This Klimt-dedicated exhibit displays 30-feet high images of some of his most iconic works on walls, ceilings, pillars, and the floor to create stunning visuals. One of his most famous works, ‘The Kiss’, seemingly drips off the walls of the museum to the floor, enhancing the depth of emotion conveyed by the artwork.

'The Kiss' at Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion at Hall des Lumières©Hall des Lumières

This is just one example of how each artwork has been customised to fit the space specifically. Each projected image has been mapped precisely to the structure of the art centre. To make the experience even more immersive, the musical soundtrack accompanying the exhibit has been developed for this experience alone. Through manipulation of light and perspective, the creative brains behind the exhibit have managed to create an impressive spectacle of well-known and loved masterpieces.

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Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion at Hall des Lumières©Hall des Lumières

Klimt was a symbolist painter from the early 20th century. He was and continues to be, revered for his stunning paintings and murals. One of his signatures was his use of gold leaf in his works. This made his artworks seem otherworldly in their beauty.

The year-long exhibit’s creative director, Gianfranco Iannuzzi, is also the genius behind the ‘Van Gogh, Starry Night’ show at the Atelier des Lumières in Paris. The breathtaking display was even featured on the popular show Emily In Paris. Iannuzzi hopes that these immersive and innovative exhibitions will help popularise traditional artworks and their artists.

A man watches the Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion exhibit in NYC©Hall des Lumières

Projection-based compositions have started gaining popularity over the past few years. The possibility of creating a whole new dimension of experience for exhibition visitors has excited many curators and artists, leading to iconic exhibits like the Van Gogh and Klimt ones.

You can find out more about the exhibition right here.