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Impressionism Revival

Building on the success of its Vincent van Gogh LUME immersive experience, the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields is opening a “Monet & Friends Alive” feature starting July 3.

Evansville Living readers will remember LUME from “Il-LUME-inating Experience” in our November/December 2021 issue. Designed by Australia-based production company Grande Experiences, the multisensory exhibit is staged in the museum’s 30,000-square-foot presentation space and includes multiple galleries and top-of-the-line audio and visual capabilities.

This year’s content features the artwork of revered Impressionist Claude Monet, with images including “Sunrise” and “Bridge over a Pond of Water Lilies” displayed from floor to ceiling by 150 high-definition projectors.

Fans of LUME can enjoy several elements of the experience that have carried over to “Monet & Friends,” including a “Monet Yourself” selfie station, French café with a curated menu, a “Monet and Play” interactive room, and Impressionist-inspired gardens across the Newfields campus.

The experience culminates in a gallery, giving visitors a close-up view of original paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Impressionist artists Paul Cézanne, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Camille Pissarro.

“It’s special to have this world-class exhibit space,” Newfields’ deputy director for marketing and external affairs Jonathan Berger told [Evansville Living] in 2021. “We consume art differently than we used to. By looking at Van Gogh’s art this way — if people do a deeper dive into art — we’re doing good on our promise as Indiana’s No. 1 cultural institution.”

When You Go
LUME Indianapolis featuring “Monet & Friends Alive”
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN
317-923-1331

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