An 18th-century chateau in France has been completely taken over by a contemporary art exhibition with a striking contrast of styles that you really have to experience, especially if you love immersive installations.

The exhibition has turned this 18th-century chateau into a contemporary art playground. Photo by Constant Formé Becherat

Parisian-born street artist Seth has filled the rooms of the 18th-century Neoclassical chateau that’s the seat of the Bordeaux Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez with a massive collection of his works— a real doorway into his art style and philosophy, titled 1,2,3 Soleil ("1,2,3 Sun" in French).

1,2,3 Soleil collects Seth's works created all over the world. Photo by Constant Formé Becherat

The chateau is populated with over fifty characters created by Seth ever since he started working in the 90s. Most of them are children, since childhood is one of the themes the artist returns to the most throughout all his artwork, and they fill out the chateau's rooms in an organic and thematic division.

Childhood is one of Seth's main themes, and so artwork depicting childlike characters is everywhere in the rooms of the chateau. Photo by Julien Malland

“Each room of the castle is based on a theme from various travels representing a different project in the countries [he] has explored,” it reads in the project’s official description. And while Seth’s primary medium are murals and street art in general, 1,2,3 Soleil is populated with photographs and paintings, sculptures and other quirky installations— all to create a really immersive visit for guests.

The contrast between the 18th-century style of the building and the contemporary art inside is truly striking to see. Photo by Constant Formé Becherat

While some of the artworks displayed in the mansion date back to previous years of Seth’s artistic career, many of them were created right in the mansion specifically for 1,2,3 Soleil, making the exhibition even more unique. 1,2,3 Soleil will be in Bordeaux until 23 October, and if you’d like to know more you can check out its official website here.

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