For the 2010 Journées Européennes du Patrimoine (European Heritage Days), the Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux Arts de la Ville de Paris, is offering its visitors the chance to set out on a journey through the history of painting. Some forty digital videos made especially for the exhibition lead the eyes and mind to new horizons. People from every walk of life are invited to come and explore the language of Art in more detail.
This digital odyssey through paintings is designed as a real journey, where each of the forty works featured in the circuit tells its own story though digital imagery. Here special effects are used to cast light on the questions arising throughout the history of art. By means of "stopovers", children and adults alike can thus rediscover painting through the seven themes structuring the event: materials, instants, perspectives, shadow, light, drawing and colour.
This digital era also provides the opportunity to bring some forty masterpieces together virtually, thus taking up the concept of Malraux's imaginary museum and updating it using new technologies. Great masters including Veronese, Rembrandt, David, Delacroix, Courbet and Van Gogh are brought together in a digital pantheon that goes far beyond the confines of the Petit Palais!
Alongside reproductions of the world's most famous paintings, a number of films, some of them made in 3-D, take viewers into the very heart of the images to help them understand and appreciate them better. Atmospheric sound adds a further dimension to this new genre of immersive experience. The installation also offers an opportunity to think seriously about the idea of originals and reproductions.
The title of the event pays tribute to human curiosity, from Homer to Stanley Kubrick – the curiosity that inspires mankind to constantly discover new territories, for others to explore in their turn.
The "journey" is on show until 17 October.
With support from Samsung.