Annual closure of the Carrières des Lumières from 15 January to 16 February 2024.
From Vermeer to Van Gogh
The Dutch Masters
From 24 February 2023 to 1st April 2024
Annual closure from 15 January to 16 February 2024
Artistic direction: Virginie Martin | Production and video animation: Cutback | Musical collaboration: Start Rec | Production: Culturespaces Digital®
This digital exhibition presents the genius of the painters of the North through a complete immersion in authentic paintings that are faithful representations of nature and its themes. Explore the reality of daily life, following in the footsteps of the great masters who represented the ordinary in an extraordinary way. Painting light and atmosphere is the main theme of the exhibition itinerary. Direct or subdued, cold or warm, the light reveals the facades and the privacy of family homes.
Set sail and berth your boats in the cities, and stroll around in Vermeer’s world, in which the inhabitants invite you to step into the canvas. Much like a filmmaker, Vermeer chose what to include inside the frame and created a world suspended in time. His canvases are like synopses that open the doors to an almost Hitchcockian mystery, in which you become a part of the mise en scène. Master of chiaroscuro, Rembrandt then encourages the introspection.
Night falls in the heart of the cathedrals, immersing you in a spiritual atmosphere surrounded by biblical themes. An unrivalled portraitist who achieved a powerful realism, his Night Watch brings the procession of portraits to a climactic end. From Abraham Blommaert’s kingdom of the gods to Hendrick Avercamp’s expanses of ice, the seascapes by Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom and Jan Steen’s festive tavern scenes, the exhibition immerses us in the fascinating world of seventeenth-century Holland.
Van Gogh, a worthy successor to these seventeenth-century painters, takes you under the summer and night skies of the South of France. Using bright colours and imbuing his work with intense emotion, he sculpted the paint and sublimated the landscapes, self-portraits, and still lifes. Like a final colourful bouquet, you are surrounded by nocturnal and dreamlike paintings, losing their way in the stars.
Listen to the playlist exhibition
The application "Des Lumières"
The application, available free of charge on iOS and Android, gives commentaries on the works of our current exhibitions. Discover through original anecdotes 30 major works of the exhibition "From Vermeer to Van Gogh, the Dutch Masters".
Discover also the exhibitions "Chagall, Paris – New York" in the Atelier des Lumières (Paris) and in the Hall des Lumières (New York), "Dalí, the Endless Enigma" in Bassins des Lumières (Bordeaux) and Fabrique des Lumières (Amsterdam) and "Klimt, Gold in Motion" in Phoenix des Lumières (Dortmund).