After a year of pandemic-required isolation, two novel art exhibits coming to Miami this spring will offer colorful escapes from the familiar four walls of your apartment, courtesy of the masters of French Impressionism.
“Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience”— not to be confused with “Van Gogh Alive” currently on display at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg — is coming to Miami’s Ice Palace on April 15. This exhibition, created by French-Canadian Creative Director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s Normal Studio, features more than 300 of Vincent van Gogh’s iconic artworks and will take guests into a three-dimensional simulation, courtesy of cutting-edge image mapping technology.
According to St-Arnaud, “Beyond Van Gogh” takes on the challenge of “breathing new life into van Gogh’s vast body of work. Using the artist’s own dreams, thoughts, and words to drive the experience as a narrative, guests move along projection-swathed walls wrapped in light and color that swirls, dances, and refocuses into flowers, cafes, and landscapes.”
The exhibit includes instantly-recognizable classics such as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers” and “Café Terrace at Night,” freed from their frames. The exhibit is similar to one recently included in an episode of the Netflix series “Emily in Paris.”
“Van Gogh’s art comes to life by appearing and disappearing, flowing across multiple surfaces, and heightening the senses with their immense detail. Through his own words set to a symphonic score, guests come to a new appreciation of this tortured artist’s stunning work. It’s no surprise that millions of people all over the world credit Van Gogh with enhancing their relationship with art,” St-Arnaud said in promotional materials.
In May, the Arsht Center will transform its 18,000 sq. ft. Ziff Ballet Opera House stage into a living gallery showcasing more than 100 tableaus by impressionist masters Monet, Degas, van Gogh, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat and more.
The world premiere of “Lasting Impressions” will be set to a score of period music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as French standards by Piaf, Aznavour and Mouskouri. Guests will be able to join Degas’ famous ballet dancers in the studio, float downstream with Monet’s “Water Lilies” and walk through the cobblestone streets and parks of Paris.
“Exhibitions like ‘Lasting Impressions’ offer people the opportunity to experience an iconic art movement in a completely new, exciting, and different way. These immersive experiences are meant to complement traditional museum exhibitions by taking them to a whole new level thanks to the power of technology,” said Liz Wallace, the Arsht Center’s vice president of programming. “Unlike other visual presentations currently on tour, ‘Lasting Impressions’ will celebrate the art of many Impressionist artists, instead of just one.”
To create stunning effects, show producer Princeton Entertainment Group collaborated with Canadian-based Northern Gateway Films and the Los Angeles company 3D Live.
“The holographic effect used in the show is the closest thing to virtual reality without the headset, according to our partners at 3D Live … Our partners at Northern Gateway are helping us with the process of dissecting the paintings and reassembling them in 3-D. The brush strokes and other details are the artists’ original work and not studio re-creations. The goal is to approach this project with incredible accuracy as well as a light touch to ensure the technology is transparent to the audience,” explained Ed Kasses, founding partner of Princeton Entertainment Group.
Tickets are now on sale for “Beyond Van Gogh,” opening April 15 at Ice Palace Studios, 1400 N. Miami Ave. in Miami, at VanGoghMiami.com. Tickets for “Lasting Impressions,” opening May 19 at the Arsht Center in Miami, are on sale at ArshtCenter.org. Tickets at both venues are for timed entry and social distancing will be observed.