La Collection Lumiere

Celebrating Fine Arts in Dijon


After more than a decade of preparation, the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon opened with great pomp and circumstance in September 2013.  The contents of the museum’s collections and the historical building housing them make the new institution an immediate member of the paramount museums in the country.  In order to have an awe inspiring grand opening, the event’s directors commissioned the remarkable talent of Parisian photographer Clement Briend.

Briend created a breath-taking exhibition called “La Collection Lumiere”, (“Light Collection”).  Clement’s artistic medium mixes projection art with photography.  He develops large-scale projections, which are then granted a fascinating degree of dimension by their unique canvasses – treetops.  Nighttime displays present glowing images filled with the layered living backgrounds of illuminated branches and leaves.

La Collection Lumiere featured images taken from the Renaissance collections within the museum.  Ancient statues and paintings were revisited and reinvented by Briend as his projection imagery created ethereal sculptures upon the foliage.



The textures of tree trunks and old stone walls make these works of art even more interesting than their original form.


Dijon was a fine example of how great art can be brought directly to the streets with work such as Briend’s.


Briend’s projections are a unique form of sculpture because of their seemingly three dimensional appearance.


When seeing these classical pieces presented in this way, it is easy to see how this art and technology could bring exquisite art to the cityscapes of the future.


In this captured moment from Briend’s magnificent exhibition, it is difficult to determine where the art ends and the architecture begins.


Ethereal images displayed upon trees could reinvent the presence of art in urban landscapes.