Get ready to experience Claude Monet. Or rather, the experiences of Claude Monet.
There is not one, not two, but three separate immersive travel exhibitions based on the famous Impressionist paintings currently in preparation – one of which could be going to a city near you.
Technically, the trend of turning popular art into light shows is nothing new: these types of Van Gogh-themed shows date back to 2008, and Cross Media Group hosted the “Monetin Florence’s Experience in 2017. However, they are supported by the emergence of starry night Screenplay on the popular Netflix series Emily in Paris2021 has been Van Gogh’s year so far, with five different Van Gogh pop-ups competing in nearly 50 locations across the US, and it was the last time we counted.
Now Monet fans have their own panel of pop-up experiences to choose from.
First, there’s Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience, which has already appeared in Brussels, Barcelona and Turin, is currently on display in Naples, Italy and is set to hit the ground running in Los Angeles and Chicago (plus York in the UK and Hangzhou in China). General admission starts at $36.
The show is produced by Hub and Fever, the two companies behind Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience,” which can be viewed in New York through October 24. (This show prompted the New York Better Business Bureau to warn consumers that this was not Van Gogh, as can be seen in Emily in Paris. Artnet News critic Ben Davis called it the least of Van Gogh’s experiences in the city.)
In terms of attractions, Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience is similar to Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience. It focuses on a 35-minute light show that numbers 300 of the artist’s paintings and drawings, as well as a reproduction of Monet’s home in Giverny. Visitors can also take a 10-minute journey in virtual reality through his paintings and to the places Monet visited in his life, such as London and Holland. For children there is a “Sketch and Post” gallery where they can make drawings or whole copies of a Monet coloring book to add to a digital screen.
Next, there will be more than 250 paintings in an hour-long audiovisual show designed to be displayed in a five-story circus tent equipped with 26-foot-high projection screens.
It was produced by Ricardo Dutta and is the first project of his company Kijk, an acronym for the Museum of Immersive Wandering Arts. The show begins in San Francisco in December and is expected to stop in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Seattle, Miami, Denver, St. Louis and Philadelphia, followed by Dutta’s home in Brazil.
Finally, we have Beyond Monet by Beyond Exhibitions Inc. And The Ordinary Studio, Montreal Projection Mapping Machine. This is the same team behind the “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” ride, which has been seen in places from Miami to Portland, so expect Monet’s launch to double soon. (It is currently showing in Toronto.)
Beyond Monet promises 400 boards, including Impression: sunrise He works from the Haystacks and Water Lilies series, in a 36-minute show on an area of more than 50,000 square metres, along with the original score. The three-part show is spread across “Garden Gallery,” “The Prism,” and “The Infinity Room,” an oval-shaped space inspired by displaying Monet’s work in two oval spaces in the Orangerie. Especially for seven giant paintings of “water lilies”.
To give the experience some academic respect, Beyond Van Gogh and Beyond appointed Montreal art historian Fanny Cortat as their advisor. And while critics have questioned Van Gogh’s immersive orientation, given the artist’s well-documented struggles with depression and mental illness, the entertainment-loving Monet may be better suited to immersive therapy.
Monet had a vision of a room filled with a wall of water lily drawings, which he produced on a large scale. Monet wrote to art critic Claude Roger Marx: “If carried along the walls and wrapped the entire interior in its unity, it would create the illusion of an infinite unity, a surface of water without horizon and no coast.” 1909, in the work note toronto sterling In her “Beyond Money” review.
In an interview in French with Ricardo Dutta, the director of “Monet on the Water” confirmed that the experience was truly inspiring. “[Monet] She was actually a pioneer in immersion. He wanted to put people in his amazing art,” he said. “We continue his work in a simple way.”
Check out more photos from the three shows below.
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