In the city of Bordeaux, France, a World War II submarine base has been reinvented and transformed into a digital art museum: the Bassins des Lumières.
Created by Culturespaces, a private studio that manages exhibitions in France, the museum will host an immersive experience that will focus on major artists in the history of art such as Van Gogh, Paul Klee, and Gustav Klimt, leaving room for contemporary art and emerging artists. As in the existing museums promoted by Culturespaces such as Carrières de Lumières, in Provence, and the Atelier des Lumières in Paris, visitors will have the opportunity to actively immerse themselves in the heart of the works of art.
Organized in eleven spaces separated by thick concrete walls, the submarine base already regularly hosts temporary exhibitions, concerts, shows in an underground environment.
It has a very large surface of more than 40,000 square meters and this gives the exhibition the title of the largest multimedia installation in the world.
Bassins des Lumières will host more than ninety works and will offer visitors the opportunity to stroll through the site and make audio-visual and interactive experiences. The exhibition will consist of four large and very deep basins for the main installations and six other areas including, in particular, the Cells, where there will be continuous projections that alternate a long program dedicated to the great figures of art history with shorter projections and contemporary art that will find more space in the Cube. In fact, here it will be possible for visitors to discover not only established artists but also emerging ones. Through corridors, it will be possible to pass from one exhibition hall to another until you reach Les Grands Nenuphars where the exhibition will be projected on the walls that will be reflected in the water. Finally, there will also be a space dedicated to the entire history of the submarine base and will be an educational area with information on the artists presented.
Text by Anna Cardaci