Deconstructing Picasso Underground in Les Baux de Provence, France
A darkened mine. Its cavernous depths waiting. Music sets the scene—a French ballade to accompany the first images projected onto the smooth limestone walls. Then, in varying proportions, Picasso’s famous portraits begin the 45 minute show. The images evolve, multiply on various walls; a portion of a woman’s body, the length of her neck... The music changes as does the mood and the room lights up with the colorful visions of his cubism period. Picasso’s lifetime of work in paintings has been photographed and projected onto the giant gallery walls in a choreographed spectacle. The Cathedrale d'Images, once a limestone quarry, is now a gigantic art gallery used to display photographic images. The walls, the ceiling, as well as the columns left behind by the quarrymen to support the ceiling are all natural screens for the spectacle which changes each year. No matter what the theme, the Cathedrale d'Images is worth a visit.