You have seen van Gogh come to life. Now meet Monet and his other peers at Leonardo.
This immersive new art experience features a wide range of artists and more to come.
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Children seem not to know what to do at first.
Colorful art is projected onto the walls and floor, rotating with animated elements. Classical music plays overhead, interspersed with explanations of the works presented. Children stand beside their parents, looking around uncertainly.
Then a brave toddler ventures into the center of the ground. He jumps on the projected images trying to catch them with his feet. Soon the other children follow, twirling through the artwork with outstretched arms.
With children dancing in it, the exhibition lives up to its name: âArt through experience: Monet to Kandinskyâ, which runs until December 29 at the Leonardo.
The show uses dozens of projectors to showcase nearly 1,000 works of art as well as motion graphics and music. The artists in the traveling exhibition – offered by Universal Exhibition Group – include Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Edvard Munch, Wassily Kandinsky and others.
In addition, starting in December, âMonet in Kandinskyâ will run every other day and âArt Through Experience: Italian Renaissanceâ, another show in the series, will air on public holidays. This exhibition will feature artists such as Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli.
The Leonardo plans to feature more artists next year.
The series “Art Through Experience” has already performed in Berlin, Dubai, Moscow and Bangkok. The Leonardo is hosting the exhibition’s first-ever US appearance in its 10,000-square-foot Immersive Digital Exploratory Art Gallery (IDEA).
The museum opened the show in partnership with MagicSpace Entertainment and Universal Exhibition Group, and the project is partially funded by an economic assistance grant from Utah from the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunities.
Tickets cost $ 30 for adults (16 and over), $ 17 for children (3 and over), and $ 10 for members. Art Through Experience tickets provide access to other Leonardo attractions. Buy them online at bit.ly/3cj5ZeV.
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In many ways, the “Art Through Experience” series is similar to “Beyond Van Gogh”, the immersive art exhibition currently open at Atmosphere Studios in Salt Lake City. The van Gogh exhibition merges more than 300 of his works (and over 4,000 billion pixels of content) with music and animated elements.
âArt Through Experienceâ uses a smaller space than âBeyond Van Goghâ and is therefore a more intimate experience, said Mia Caselli, senior director of marketing for The Leonardo.
Hannah Nielsen, STEAM education specialist at The Leonardo, said she hopes people who visit “Beyond Van Gogh” will want to discover even more artists at “Art Through Experience” then.
She also said that the recent hype around immersive art exhibits may be because it’s a whole new way to experience art.
âYou take this idea of ââhaving to stand in front of the painting in a museum from the idea of ââexperiencing art,â she said. âIt can be carried hereâ¦ and you can walk through the brushstrokes. I think it kind of puts you in the artist’s head in a way that you might not have had before. “
More artists to come
For customers concerned about COVID-19, Casellia said âArt Through Experienceâ is contactless. Staff members wear masks and all visitors are encouraged to wear masks, but fully vaccinated people can opt out if they wish, she said.
She also stated that The Leonardo acknowledges that currently all of the featured artists are white males; that’s why they plan to hold community discussions at later dates to determine what other artists would like to see.
In the meantime, “We are not able to describe all artistic movements simply for reasons of space and time,” said Caselli. “But we don’t want [that] to prevent people from coming to see and experience these works of art, as they are still part of our history.
Caselli said that when people come to “Art Through Experience” shows, she hopes they think deeper and start asking questions about art. These questions lead to creativity, which in turn leads to problem solving and innovation, she said.
âIt always has to start with a certain level of learning and a certain level of curiosity,â she said.
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