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Golden Cycle

A project by Inge Prader

By photo-staging works such as Danae or Life and Death, Inge Prader revived and actualized the most creative and prolific moment in Gustav Klimt’s career: the Golden Cycle. It was the years between 1902-1903, when Klimt began this cycle with his paintings Water Snakes, Portrait of Adèle Bloch-Bauer, The Kiss and Danae. This period is characterized by a recurring attraction and use of the golden colors.

Fascinated by the Byzantine mosaics, he incorporates the golden color, golden paper and gold leaf into his work. It is not unlike that Klimt was a goldsmith’s son.

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Gold is supposed to represent seduction and sensuality, sublimating subjects and bringing them a divine, immortal and sacred dimension. In 1903, Klimt visited the cities of Venice, Ravenna and Florence. It was the visit of the Basilica of San Vitale, in Ravenna, that marked him the most.

Today, as a cinematographic adaptation, Inge adapts a pictorial work through the art of photography. In the Deleuzian sense, she reinvents the creation and the contours of Klimt, while remaining close to his universe, the colors and the postures of the characters. It is not a copy or an identical representation. Inge has completely reinterpreted the work of Klimt, paying him a beautiful tribute.

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