a journey around painters and light

Karmachina für VGF Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main

A historic tram operated by the Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt (VGF) brings "Digital Romantic" onto the rails. Instead of passengers, the railcar from 1956 transports a multimedia installation to Frankfurt's districts - a journey in search of light, as undertaken by a number of 19th and 20th century painters in artistic experiments. Influenced by Goethe's theory of color, they explored the use of color and light. We embark on a journey through the emotional, spiritual and perceptive landscapes of these painters and thinkers.

We encounter the master of romanticism, Otto Runge (1777-1810), who created his own color system with the color sphere, William Turner (1775-1851), the ultimate painter of light, who laid the foundation for the birth of impressionism, Paul Signac (1863-1935) and Georges Seurat (1859-1891), the pointillists who broke up colors into tiny dots, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), the founder of abstract painting, who even created a color opera, Josef Albers (1888-1976), who filled abstract geometric shapes with primary colors, and finally Victor Vasarely (1906-1997), who irritates the eye of the beholder with surrealistic geometric structures and colours.

Karmachina für VGF Verkehrsgesellschaft Frankfurt am Main

Karmachina is a design studio based in Milan. The artists’ collective develops narrative concepts for museums, institutions and brands and conveys cultural content in multi-media surroundings. Karmachina has designed and developed many events, installations and multimedia-tours for various brands, cultural and corporate, and institutions. Karmachina is a design studio based in Milan. The artists’ collective develops narrative concepts for museums, institutions and brands and conveys cultural content in multi-media surroundings. Karmachina has designed and developed many events, installations and multimedia-tours for various brands, cultural and corporate, and institutions. The VGF is a transport company and the transport service provider of Frankfurt.


a journey around painters and light

Lichtkunst Outdoor

  • 12.–15. März 2020, 19:30 – 22:30 Uhr
  • Historische Straßenbahn der VGF, verkehrt ohne festen Fahrplan im Liniennetz, Frankfurt am Main

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