Gustav Klimt's Masterpieces Get a 21st-Century Makeover at Paris's First Digital Fine Arts Museum

Atelier des Lumières © Culturespaces/Eric Spiller
Atelier des Lumières © Culturespaces/Eric Spiller

Paris' first digital art museum is taking the paintings of Gustav Klimt out of their frames (so to speak) and projecting them onto the walls in its inaugural exhibit.

The museum, called the Atelier des Lumières, moved into a warehouse-like former foundry building in the 11th arrondissement last April and opened the exhibition, titled simply "Gustav Klimt." Works by the titular 20th century painter as well as other major Viennese artists including Egon Schiele and Friedensreich Hundertwasser light up walls that reach a height of 10 meters (approximately 33 feet), per Dezeen. Visitors will hear a soundtrack that includes Wagner, Beethoven, and Chopin courtesy of a 50-speaker sound system. The exhibit coincides with the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Klimt and Schiele.

Atelier des Lumières' unorthodox art space and use of digital technology aims to reach an audience of people who don't usually go to museums. "It allows visitors to discover art from a new angle and through immersive experiences. We combine classical art and digital art—I am convinced that the marriage of art and digital technology is the future of the dissemination of art among future generations," museum director Michael Couzigou told Dezeen. "This approach is not intended to replace museums but is a complementary approach to art," he reassures museum-lovers.

Head to Atelier des Lumières before the exhibit closes on January 6, 2019 to enjoy an afternoon spent immersed in the lively colors and golden patterns of Klimt's oeuvre.

 An image of a Gustav Klimt exhibition at Atelier des Lumières in Paris
Atelier des Lumières © Culturespaces/Eric Spiller

An image of a Gustav Klimt exhibition at Atelier des Lumières in Paris
Atelier des Lumières © Culturespaces/Eric Spiller

An image of a Gustav Klimt exhibition at Atelier des Lumières in Paris
Atelier des Lumières © Culturespaces/Eric Spiller

[h/t Dezeen]

Meet the Artist Who Has Been Sketching New York City Subway Stations for 40 Years

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art2002/iStock via Getty Images

The aesthetic appeal of New York City's subway system is often hidden behind a layer of grime or simply ignored by commuters. Philip Ashforth Coppola has been admiring those finer points of public transit for more than 40 years.

The New Jersey-based artist began sketching and researching the subway’s interior in 1978, Atlas Obscura reports. His pen drawings are in black and white, but Coppola notes the exact colors and the historic significance behind each. The beaver plaques at the Astor Place station, for example, represents real estate mogul John Jacob Astor, who first made his fortune in the fur trade.

“I’ve spent a lot of years on it,” he says in the 2005 documentary One Track Mind (also the title of his 2018 book). “But I haven’t accomplished that much.” The former art student is selling himself short: Coppola has drawn at least 110 of the city’s 472 stations, resulting in 2000 sketches spanning 41 notebooks.

In an interview with WNYC, Coppola admitted that he wasn’t a train enthusiast as a child. “When I was a kid, I liked to draw pictures and tell stories or write them down,” he says. “That sort of ... filed into this new adventure.”

Coppola sees the drawings as a way to preserve the subway system's overlooked details. “The idea is to make a record of what we’ve got, before more of it is lost," he says.

Even irritable commuters realized the significance of his endeavors. “People were just thunderstruck when they saw [Coppola’s] artwork,” says Jeremy Workman, the documentary's director. “It reminded them of art they had seen themselves and maybe didn’t notice. We thought that was a powerful message: Reminding people of the beauty that’s right in front of their eyes.”

You Can Rent a ‘Lisa Frank Flat’ in Los Angeles on Hotels.com

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If you went to elementary school in the 1980s or 1990s, chances are there was at least one piece of Lisa Frank gear in your classroom. The artist's aesthetic helped define the decades, and wide-eyed, technicolor animals still hold a special place in the hearts of millennials. Now, you can live out your childhood dream of having a room that looks like the inside of your 3rd grade backpack: a penthouse suite inspired by Lisa Frank is now available to book in Los Angeles.

The Lisa Frank Flat, a collaboration between Lisa Frank and Hotels.com, screams nostalgia. Each room pays homage to the settings and characters in the artist's vast catalog. The bathroom is painted to look like an underwater paradise, with shimmering dolphins swimming in a pink and blue sea. The kitchen is stocked with snacks from your childhood—like Gushers, Pop-Tarts, Pixy Stix, and Planters Cheez Balls—and painted in bright, rainbow animal patterns that will reflect how you feel when your sugar rush peaks.

Lisa Frank bathroom.
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Lisa Frank kitchen.
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In the bedroom, the colors are toned down only slightly. A light-up cloud canopy and a rainbow sky mural create a soothing environment for falling asleep. And if seeing Lisa Frank around every corner makes you feel inspired, there's a place for you to get in touch with your inner pop artist. The desk comes supplied with pencils, folders, and a notebook—all branded with Lisa Frank artwork, naturally.

Lisa Frank bedroom.
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Lisa Frank desk.
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Interested in basking in the glow of your childhood hero for a night? Online reservations for the Lisa Frank Flat at Barsala in downtown Los Angeles will be available through Hotels.com starting October 11 and lasting through October 27. You can book your stay for $199 a night—just don't forget to pack your Trapper Keeper.

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