The Lume's Next Multi-Sensory Digital Exhibition Will Showcase Monet and His Contemporaries

From October, Melbourne's digital gallery is diving into the French Impressionist era with the multi-sensory 'Monet & Friends Alive'.
Libby Curran
August 16, 2022

For the past nine months, The Lume has dazzled Melburnians with an immersive, multi-sensory exploration of the works of Van Gogh. Now, the digital art gallery is gearing up to launch its second exhibition, swapping the giant projections of Sunflowers and The Starry Night for a showcase of iconic works from the French Impressionist era.

Announced today, Monet & Friends Alive is the next dynamic art experience set to take over the gallery's lofty spaces, kicking off Wednesday, October 26, in the site's permanent home at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). Taking visitors back in time to 19th-Century Paris, it'll celebrate the paintings of Impressionist icons from Monet to Renoir, and Cézanne to Manet.

As with its predecessor, the exhibition will display its artworks via supersized projections splashed across its sprawling surfaces, and paired with a curation of tastes, aromas and sounds. Here, that means you'll be able to wander over a bridge and right into a recreation of Monet's famed 1899 work, Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lilies. Other interactive experiences will include a studio space where visitors can have a go at creating their own replicas of Monet's best-known paintings.

Further tapping into the French bohemian spirit will be The Lume's own take on a 19th-Century Parisian cafe, Cafe Lumiere, which will be serving up a menu of small bites, share plates and desserts to enjoy after your artistic adventures.

The Lume is the brainchild of Melbourne-based Grande Experiences, which, for the past 15 years, has hosted immersive exhibitions and gallery experiences in over 130 cities across the world. The company also owns and operates Rome's Museo Leonardo da Vinci.

You've still got a few more weeks to catch Van Gogh at The Lume before it wraps up on Sunday, October 9, making way for Monet & Friends Alive to take over.

'Monet & Friends Alive' will launch on October 26, with tickets available from August 26. Head to the website for more details.

Published on August 16, 2022 by Libby Curran
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