NY Opens Immersive Digital Art Exhibit

New York hosts an immersive digital art exhibition with works by Gustav Klimt and others

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Art lovers in New York can now enjoy an immersive digital experience with works by Gustav Klimt projected onto the walls and floors of a building that was once a bank.

The goal, say its creators, is to bring young people and others into a 21st century museum.

The exhibit, titled “Hall of Lights,” opens Wednesday in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.

It follows similar shows called “Atelier des Lumières” in Paris and “Infinity des Lumières” in Dubai.

The shows are the work of a French company called Culturespaces, which has partnered in New York with events company IMG.

Its creators say it’s a way to get young people interested in art

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Culturespaces boss Bruno Monnier said these digital art exhibitions around the world are aimed at young people and anyone who doesn’t travel to traditional venues like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

This nine-month exhibition features works by Klimt and another Austrian, Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

Classical and electronic music plays as their works are projected onto every conceivable surface inside the Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, an early 20th-century Beaux-Arts building.

This follows similar shows in Paris and Dubai

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“I think it’s a fantastic way to introduce people to art and I think it’s very complementary to the great museums and art galleries in New York and many cities around the world,” Stephen said. Flint Wood, CEO of IMG.

“You can come here to this atmosphere and be completely immersed and then go to museums and art galleries to see some paintings for yourself,” he told AFP.

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