The Lume won't be like other galleries when it opens in Melbourne in autumn 2020. The 2000-square-metre gallery won't show original masterpieces but will instead present guests with choreographed projections of images using 150 state-of-the-art projectors. Patrons will walk among them while a dramatic soundtrack plays and aromas are be piped into the space.
Bruce Peterson, who has been touring projection-style displays of classic art works like this around the world for 15 years, has been hunting for the perfect space for The Lume in Melbourne for years. He hasn't revealed the location yet but we've been told it'll be in the CBD, and that it will operate 365 days a year.
Peterson is the founder of Melbourne-based Grande Exhibitions, which has offices in the UK, Italy, Chile and the US. It operates the permanent Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Rome, and its many travelling exhibitions celebrate the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh and the French Impressionists, so we expect to see works by those artists projected at The Lume. (The Lume also sent us a photo of Van Gogh's The Starry Night, so that's a clue.)
“We don’t display original works of art. Rather we tell emotive stories using the moving image and music," Peterson said in a statement. "We are engaging new audiences to appreciate the arts in a different way."
The Lume is slated to open autumn 2020.