“Gauguin - Van Gogh, painters of colour” in Les Baux de Provence
Just a stone's throw from Les Baux de Provence, the famous shows produced every year at the ’Carrières du Val d’Enfer’, renamed ‘Carrières de Lumières’, are restarting on 30 March 2012.
The site will reopen its doors with the show “Gauguin - Van Gogh, painters of colour”, created by Gianfranco Iannuzzi with Renato Gatto and Massimiliano Siccardi. The aim of this show is to show the links between Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh and to analyse their very different ways of using colour.
The show touches on their two careers, which had a number of similarities: both started out painting landscapes in northern Europe (Brittany for Gauguin and the Netherlands for Van Gogh) before returning to the South of France, later reaching an explosion of colour inspired by the Pacific islands for Gauguin and northern France for Van Gogh.
The seven sequences of this show transport visitors in music to the colourful world of these two painters and submerge them in a world of images, where paintings come to life before their very eyes.
Between each show, visitors can enjoy a five minute show called “Metamorphoses”. It takes us on a journey into elements and matter. This screening transports you inside the Carrières, to the heart of the
mineral world; the sequences all link together to explain different elements: earthquake, volcanic eruption, lava flow, ash, clouds, thunderstorms, lightning, heavy rain, sea, waterfalls, tropical forest, flowering plants, right through to stars and outer space, echoing the “Gauguin - Van Gogh, the colour painters” show.
Truly unique shows
In the heart of Alpilles, the monumental “Carrières de Lumières” host extraordinary multimedia shows which are unique in the world.
Spectators are totally immersed in the image projected onto all the surfaces of the rock. The ground is completely covered, too, and becomes a vast carpet of images.
The Carrières are open every day.
April to September: 10 a.m - 7 p.m / October to March: 10 a.m - 6 p.m.
Admission fees and rates
- Full rate: € 8,5
- Reduced rate: € 6,5 (children aged 7-17, students, teachers and unemployed)
- Free for children under the age of 7.
- Offers for families : free entry for the second child aged 7 to 17.