Monet in Paris at Le Grand Palais
Impressionism may be a century and a half old, but the indelible school of flowing, emotionally heightened painting remains just as vibrant today.
That’s immediately apparent when diving into Monet in Paris, a new exhibition from the creators of the hit Van Gogh Alive. Held in a purpose-built 2500-square-metre space, the exhibition is anchored around the work of French master Claude Monet, whose richly swirling 1872 work Impression gave the movement its name, the digital exhibition swaps out static gallery viewing for bright, interactive projections that truly bring these masterpieces to life.
Described as “a rich, dynamic display of light, colour, sound and fragrance”, the multi-tiered display encompasses key works by Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, and Pissarro, among many others. When brought to a newfound scale on a multitude of changing screens the painters’ enduring play of light and colour can be appreciated in new ways.
It’s like walking through a shifting, hallway-like movie theatre where the artworks unfold all around you, rather than limited to an original piece framed on the wall.