Step inside the masterwork paintings of Claude Monet and other Impressionist artists during Monet & Friends Alive – Life, Light & Color. Monet & Friends Alive is a unique immersive exhibit that allows you to see Impressionist artworks like never before.
Monet & Friends Alive – Life, Light & Color is brought to life by Grande Experiences, the same company behind the globally acclaimed Van Gogh Alive experience. The production uses the unique and immersive SENSORY4™ technology to bring paintings from the Impressionist period to life through vibrant visuals and an inspired musical score.
Breathtaking paintings from Claude Monet and his contemporaries like Pissarro, Renoir, and Cézanne are projected on enormous canvases to make the details larger than life.
Monet & Friends Alive – Life, Light & Color
Your journey through Monet & Friends Alive begins in a gallery room with traditional museum-like exhibits detailing the life and works of Claude Monet and his Impressionist contemporaries.
The informational plaques cover brief details of each feature artist’s life and notable works as well as life in 19th century Paris, the Impressionist movement as a whole, and the relationship between light, color, and sound presented in the experience.
Armed with this knowledge, you’ll enter the main immersive experience.
Projections of Impressionist artworks illuminate oversized canvases on the walls and floors of the event space. You are able to move about the room, or you can pick a bench or a spot on the floor to sit and enjoy the 45 minute show.
The paintings are displayed on the screen in time with a musical score including songs by including Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Offenbach. The Impressionist works are at times interspersed with quotes from the artists and stock footage that relates to the works on the other screens.
At times, the display animates portions of the paintings, bringing to life the ripples in the water or the wind through the flowers, but the majority of the paintings are splashed across the screen one after another.
There is also another small part of the experience: an immersive photo display where you can become part of a Monet-inspired painting with a bridge over waterlilies. Where this is displayed depends on the venue (for us, it was across the Biltmore Estate at Antler Hill Village).
Meanwhile, at the Biltmore House, I also got to see two seldom-seen original Monet landscape paintings from George Vanderbilt’s private collection on display in the salon for the first time. This isn’t typical for the immersive experience, but they’re lovely paintings, so I’ve added them below so you can see them too!
What to Know Before You Go
Monet & Friends Alive – Life, Light & Color is currently on display in Indianapolis, Indiana and in Melbourne, Australia.
Ticket prices typically range from $20-$30 per person.
You should allow 45-75 minutes to walk through the full exhibit.
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