In partnership with the Center Pompidou, Google Arts and Culture has designed a unique experience around the art of the painter Kandinsky. Called “Play a Kandinsky”, it allows you to feel a sound or an emotion through each color.
Notice to art lovers and the curious! Starting this Wednesday, February 10, Google Arts & Culture and the Center Pompidou are launching an online exhibition dedicated to the painter Kandinsky, father of abstract painting.
Available from the Google Arts & Culture app as well as through a “mini exhibition” on the website, “In the intimacy of Kandinsky” retraces the life of the artist, looks back on his work, but also on one of its lesser known aspects: his synesthesia, this particular neurological condition which allowed him to perceive a sound and an emotion through every color and shape he painted.
Based on the Kandinsky collection bequeathed to the Center Pompidou and the expertise of the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, this project is divided into three parts including an interactive experiment to put yourself in the shoes of Vassily Kandinsky (1866-1944) and “hear ” the painting.
Think you are Kandinsky!
Main attraction of this new experience designed by Google Arts & Culture, “Play a Kandinsky”. This project took two years of development between the two partners to achieve a feeling of what the painter felt when he created, how he saw sounds come to life under his brush or, in a way, attributed to each stroke of color take on a particular tone, an instrument.
From the Google Arts & Culture app or the experience on the site, you will be able to have fun feeling, hearing and perceiving like the artist. His famous painting “Jaune, rouge, bleu” (1925) is here the playground of Internet users who venture there.
You just have to click on the small triangles scattered around the table. Each color will thus make an instrument resonate: the trumpet for yellow, a sign of “passion and sweet madness”; blue for more serious organ sounds to symbolize a celestial emotion, peace or sadness; red symbolizing a violin. And if you press multiple triangles at the same time, the noises will build up and create dissonance. One way to better understand the use of both senses, hearing and sight, in Kandinsky’s creative process.
You can then feel for yourself by choosing emotions (energy, still, alive, supernatural, anger, etc.) and know what your mood would look like according to Kandinsky’s theory. And you will see which parts of the table correspond to your emotions.
A virtual or augmented reality tour
If you are new to Google Arts & Culture, now is the time to visit this digital space created by the Californian company that puts knowledge, art and culture within everyone’s reach. In addition to the “Play a Kandinsky” experiment, you can stroll through the exhibitions, obtain information and take a closer look at his works.
As always, part of the exhibition takes the form of an online retrospective. A vast first part, containing more than 3,000 works, archives and personal objects, all presented through 28 thematic exhibitions on the life and work of the Russian painter. We also discover the artistic movement of the Bauhaus, his painter friends like Paul Klee, his workshop… through several interactive formats, in particular analyzes and possible zooms on the most famous paintings.
And the Google Arts & Culture app also has an augmented reality tour to appreciate the masterpieces a little closer. The Pocket Gallery function creates a virtual gallery anywhere around you. Each room in this virtual museum focuses on different periods of Kandinsky’s pictorial art.