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The Fantastic and Wonderful World of Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo

In 2017, new exhibition of immerve art produced by Culturespaces and created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto, and Massimiliano Siccardi, with the musical collaboration of Luca Longobardi. This new creation invites to explore the unbridled imagination of the animated paintings of Bosch, Brueghel and Arcimboldo.


Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo. Fantastique et merveilleux

En 2017, nouvelle exposition numérique immersive aux Carrières de Lumières produite par Culturespaces et réalisée par Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto et Massimiliano Siccardi avec la collaboration musicale de Luca Longobardi. Cette nouvelle création invite à explorer le monde foisonnant peint par 3 artistes du XVIe siècle à l'imagination débridée : Bosch, Brueghel et Arcimboldo.


Culturespaces, delegatee of the site

The town of Baux-de-Provence entrusted Culturespaces with the management of the quarry, as part of a public service concession agreement. Named ‘Les Carrières de Lumières’, Culturespaces have developed a unique and innovative concept for the site: AMIEX® (Art & Music Immersive Experience).

Les Carrières de Lumières opened in March with the exhibition "Gauguin, Van Gogh: Painters in Colour", a musical journey into the colourful world of these two artists, produced by Culturespaces and directed by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi.


The formation of stone at Les Baux

The stone extracted in the south of France is generally named after the town where it is exploited (Les Baux stone, Fontevieille stone, etc.). Also known as the ‘stone of the south’, Les Baux stone is a slightly calcareous limestone, fine-grained, and usually white or blonde in colour. It results from the compaction of calcium carbonate on calcareous sand. Marine fossils have been found in the rock.


Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael: The Giants of the Renaissance 

In 2015, Les Carrières de Lumières pursued their innovative and ambitious artistic project with the exhibition of immersive art "Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael: The Giants of the Renaissance". Produced by Culturespaces, realised by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi, this exhibition provided audiences with a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance from a new perspective.


Monet, Renoir… Chagall. Journeys around the Mediterranean

In 2013, Les Carrières de Lumières presented a new exhibition of immersive art "Monet, Renoir, Chagall .... Journeys around the Mediterranean". Produced by Culturespaces, realised by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi and included as part of the Marseille-Provence 2013 cultural programme, this show invited spectators to explore the quarry at their own pace and to enjoy different works by 16 major artists around the theme of the Mediterranean.


The first audio-visual shows

The site was further transformed through the creation of a new project inspired by the ideas of Joseph Svoboda, scenographers of the second half of the 20th century. This project was designed to enhance the space: it was decided that the huge rock walls of the quarry would form the backdrop for a sound and light show. 


The closure of the quarry

Following the First World War, the demand for stone for construction purposes declined. New building materials such as steel and concrete emerged. More economical than stone, these new materials threatened the future of stone quarries. The quarry was eventually forced to close.


Klimt and Vienna

In 2014, the exhibition of immersive art "Klimt and Vienna", produced by Culturespaces and realised by Gianfranco Iannuzzi, Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi presented an overview of 100 years of Viennese painting with a special focus on the brightly coloured works of Gustav Klimt, his contemporaries, and all those he inspired.


Opening of the quarry at Les Grand Fonds

Fontvieille, the neighbouring village to Les Baux benefitted greatly from the growing demand for stone at this time, as its white stone was said to be of better quality than Les Baux stone. However, the number of quarries in operation in Les Baux at this time attest to the town’s increased production. One such quarry was Les Grands Fonds, known today as Les Carrières de Lumières.