Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience is London’s latest immersive art exhibition. Located at The Boiler House in Brick Lane this newest project, designed by Exhibition Hub and Fever, mixes the “Founder of Impressionism’s” work with the latest technology.
“After such an overwhelmingly positive response to our Van Gogh, Klimt and Dali exhibitions we knew we had to bring Monet: The Immersive Experience to London,” says Mario Iacampo, CEO and Creative Director of Exhibition Hub.
You will be shown where the beloved French artist created his art, including a staging of Monet’s bridge from ‘Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies 1899’, which is known as one of the greatest paintings produced in the 19th Century.
Other installations include Monet’s house in Giverny, Normandy overlooking garden landscape depicted in his numerous masterpieces. Explore the artist’s home and relax on the sofa or sit at his desk. The garden was a central theme in Claude Monet’s art. His life’s work culminated in the grandes décorations on the theme of his water-garden at Giverny, with their sweeping vistas of the water-lily pond and the sky reflected on the still surfaces.
A floral journey
Monet spent the last 30-odd years of his life chronicling this landscape in more than 250 installments of the “Water Lilies” series. The French Impressionist personally cultivated the diverse assortment of plant life scattered across the property, even importing his eponymous water lilies from Egypt and South America. The move, incidentally, attracted the ire of local authorities who were less interested in Monet’s vision and more concerned that the foreign plants would poison the area’s water supply.
Monet’s numerous versions of landscapes and bridges, Houses of Parliament series, paintings from The Saint-Lazare Station and many other famous artworks will splash across walls and floors of a spacious central room and boost the effect by adding light and sound. The deck chairs provide a great view of the 360-degree experience and watch out for poppies, pebbles, and fish swimming under your feet.
Monet’s emotions and perspectives
When the paintings materialise on screen, you truly feel like you are inside the vibrant world of Claude Monet. One minute you are in his garden, then on the beach, then at the train station. Unlike the previous successful exhibition at the same venue – Dalí Cybernetics – Monet is more of a meditative journey.
The artist was mesmerised by the natural beauty and celebrated it in his paintings. Now thanks to 4K digital projection mapping everyone is invited to fully embrace the unmistakable luminous and contemplative effect of Monet’s art.
The last room is equipped with VR headsets and transports visitors back to the artist’s Giverny home and, and provides a colourful glimpse of the artist’s life as seen through the lens of his paintings. You’re taken on a journey through the canvas to see the paintings in 360 degrees as if you were taken to the exact locations, seeing the art in a new perspective.
Claude Monet: The Immersive Experience opens September 28 to February 2024 at Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU
Tickets cost £14.90 and can be found here.
Image credits: © Fever