Gaugin the alchemist

Production of mediation audiovisuals and content for the Grand Palais

2017 - 2018

The exhibition “Gaugin the alchemist” (from 11 October 2017 to 22 January 2018) at the Grand Palais recounts the career of Paul Gaugin, explorer of the arts. The collection assembles paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures, ceramics and other pieces that highlight the artist’s work and his creative process. The exhibition shows how Gauguin built his collection of works through the repetition of themes and recurring motifs while constantly pushing the limits of each medium, in his obsessive quest for all things primitive.

The audiovisual devices designed and produced for the exhibition allow the public to discover the artist’s techniques for creating, designing and copying, while also revealing the technical and artisanal aspects of his work.

Reciproque designed the audiovisual installations with Scénografiá, and produced videos on the artist’s painting, wood carving and ceramic techniques.

Vue de la salle d'exposition
View of the exhibition room © Didier PLOWY Photographe
Rendering of the Maison du Jouir © RMN

Reciproque also projected a 3D model of the Maison du Jouir onto a thin canvas. This installation created a floating and immersive space. Reciproque also produced a digital presentation of the Noa Noa album based on Paul Gauguin’s journal he wrote during his first trip to Tahiti. 

All the programs feature a blend of live-action footage, iconography and infographics derived from 3D scans from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux image bank.