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Carriéres de Lumieres

Concert in the Quarry: Where Marc Chagall met Janis Joplin

We visited the fabulous Carriéres de Lumieres with our touring guests four times in 2016. Last year’s exhibit was a forty-minute display of the work of Marc Chagall. His art was set to music from the opera, Janice Joplin and Louis Armstrong among others – heard from twenty-seven speakers placed throughout the 59,000 square foot gallery. The one hundred projectors on the quarry walls, which span from 20 to 45 feet high, took visitors on a tour of Chagall’s career. Located in Les Baux de Provence, this limestone quarry converted into a multi-media gallery never disappoints the fellow travelers we have taken on tours of Provence.

The photos included do not capture the feel of walking through les Carriéres.

I took these photos during one of our several visits to the 2016 exhibit entitled Chagall, Songes d’Une Nuit d’Été (Chagall, A Midsummer Night’s Dream) featuring the work of Marc Chagall.

We have visited Les Carrières, on our own or with our guests, many times. In 2013 Monet’s famous water lilies crawled across the floor before climbing the walls of the quarry in “Monet, Renoir,  Chagall … Journey around the Mediterranean”; “Klimt and Vienna” in 2014 was followed by “Michelangelo, Leonardo de Vinci, Raphael: The Giants of the Renaissance” the next year.

There is a new production every year.  The 2017  exposition, entitled Bosch, Brueghel, Arcimboldo, From the fantastic to the wonderful, will through January 2018. I will report in June following our next visit to the current exhibit at Les Carrières de Lumières.



Kevin McGoff

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