The travelling exhibition Imagine Picasso has opened in Lyon, the City of Lights and the adopted home of its two directors Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron.
“Educational in substance and moving in form, this exhibition is a way of looking at art with new eyes,” said Androula Michael, a curator specialising in Picasso’s work. “The aim of this immersive exhibition, accessible to all, regardless of age, language, and culture, is to open the space to emotion, dreams and contemplation for everyone, even the youngest visitors.”
The images projected onto Rudy Ricciotti’s extraordinary structures offer a different perspective for discovering Picasso. The public is invited to enter an immersive space where Picasso’s work is in dialogue with that of the architect. Choosing their own route in close proximity to the art, visitors can feel the power of the artist’s work.
This artistic approach in “Image Totale”, designed by Annabelle Mauger, immerses the viewer in the heart of the paintings to explore the details. More than 200 of Picasso’s works are projected in “Image Totale”. The works are unleashed from their frames to inhabit the space in a continuous flow.
Plunged into darkness, guided only by the light of the works, everyone experiences the exhibition in a different way. Free to choose their own path, visitors become participants, who can take as long as they like to gaze in any direction and immerse themselves in Picasso’s work.
The projection is accompanied by music from Picasso’s contemporaries, Satie and Ravel, and also contemporary composers. The music enhances the immersive experience and adds a new dimension that opens the way for dreaming and contemplation.
Be guided by your eyes and ears and not by what’s in your head.
Each visitor is swept along without noticing the technological innovation that lies behind an exhibition like this.