All photo’s by Matthew Murphy
Monet’s Garden The Immersive Experience is officially open and welcoming visitors for its U.S. premiere in New York City. Located in the historic Seamen’s Bank Building at 30 Wall Street, in the heart of New York’s Financial District, the limited art experience will continue through January 8, 2023.
Monet’s Garden thrusts visitors into a multi-sensory and multimedia voyage that reveals the inspiration and history behind some of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Employing an unprecedented range of visual, phonic and olfactory stimuli, this enchanting exhibition provides complete and total immersion into the work and world of Claude Monet (1840-1926).
The exhibition is enhanced by aromas of lavender wafting in the air and the romanticism of classical music to serenade visitors with an educational and enlightening multi-language narration in The Showroom. This multi-sensory culmination has never before been presented by a past immersive experience in New York.
The experience begins where Monet, “The Founder of Impressionism”, created his great works. The term “Impressionism” is derived from the title of Monet‘s painting Impression, soleil levant, exhibited in 1874 (“exhibition of rejects”), initiated by Monet. The experience includes the staging of Monet’s bridge and world-famous garden landscape in Giverny, Normandy.
The water lily paintings, the towering culmination of Monet’s creative work, are presented as the finale of the experience. The entire room transforms into a gigantic water lily pond, creating placing visitors right in the center of an infinite dreamscape.
The result is a complete immersion into Monet’s paintings, and also in his perceptions, techniques and ways of conceiving his art. Monet’s central themes of light, shadow, wind, and the element of water as a reflective surface are integrated and woven into visual poetry with the use of state-of-the-art technology.
The concept for Monet’s Garden was developed by the Swiss creative lab Immersive Art AG in cooperation with Alegria Konzert GmbH. With concurrent exhibitions in Berlin, Zurich and Mülheim, there are upcoming European engagements in in Vienna, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Stockholm, and London. A U.S. national tour for Monet’s GardenThe Immersive Experience will be planned for 2023.
The narration is available for patrons in English, Spanish, French, Chinese (Mandarin) and Japanese.