Palais des Beaux Arts

— Strata 4

This ultra modern take on classical art from Quayola uses the Flemish collection at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Lille, with a focus on the Rubens grand altarpieces. Quayola’s custom-built software unpicks the paintings’ elements in terms of colour, composition and proportion.

‘Strata 4’ strips away the outer layers of dramatic symbolism from the masterpieces and explores the world beneath their figurative skins. Quayola decodes the rules present in the proportion, composition and colour of each painting, defining colour palettes, patterns and structures, and generating new abstract geometries following those very same rules. By scratching the surface he sets up an intriguing dialogue between artists separated by centuries and helps us re-evalute our relationships with world famous paintings.