Impressionist Movement Highlighted in IMMERSIVE MONET & THE IMPRESSIONISTS
Guests will be immersed in works by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cassatt and More at Lighthouse ArtSpace Houston
In the wake of reaching over 5 million tickets sold to Immersive Van Gogh and the opening of Immersive Frida Kahlo to tremendous acclaim in eight cities, Lighthouse Immersive and Impact Museums are shifting their focus to the Impressionist Movement of the late 19th century with Immersive Monet & The Impressionists: a tantalizing exploration of the radical artists that shook up the art world in an attempt to capture both the transient nature of beauty, and the timeless beauty of nature.
Tickets, which begin at $29.99, are on sale at immersivemonet.com for viewings at Lighthouse ArtSpace Houston (1314 Brittmoore Rd.) through Aug. 14, 2022.
State-of-the-art video mapping and ground-breaking animation bring the art of the Impressionists to life like never before in what is slated to be the largest immersive art experience in the country.
500,000 cubic feet of projections composed of over 1.2 million frames of video bring the piece together, bathing viewers in the brushstrokes and colors of Claude Monet, Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and many more.
In addition to Impressionism, the program also features other artists who birthed movements that nudged the art world into the 20th century, including the robust marine paintings of J.M.W. Turner and the Post-Impressionist works of Toulouse-Lautrec.
“Claude Monet and his peers are inspirational figures in art history and natural choices for an immersive experience,” said Corey Ross, producer of Immersive Monet & The Impressionists and founder of Lighthouse Immersive.“The spontaneity of Impressionism is expressed in movement and color, two mediums that our state-of-the-art projection systems present quite well! Projection mapping and immersive experiences are shaking up the art world much like Monet and his contemporaries did with their groundbreaking Impressionism. We are eager to bring their vibrant colors and magnificent beauty to many of our Lighthouse ArtSpace venues.”
“While our previous immersive experiences have focused on the lives and work of individual artists, this piece focuses more on an era of change in art history that paved the way for modern art,” said Svetlana Dvoretsky, producer of Immersive Monet & the Impressionists. “The late 19th century was a tumultuous and exciting time for art as new ideas and methods circulated outside of traditionalist institutions. That excitement is captured wholly in this outstanding new work by our Italian creative team.”
“The immersive shows that we have brought to Houston so far have been a cultural boon for the city,” said Diana Rayzman, co-founder of Impact Museums. “We invite Houston audiences who have caught Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Frida Kahlo to experience the newest offering in the immersive art industry. And for those who have not yet attended an immersive show, Immersive Monet & The Impressionists is an outstanding introduction to the medium.”
Immersive Monet & The Impressionists was designed by Lighthouse Immersive’s acclaimed Italian creative team, headed by Creator Massimiliano Siccardi, with mood-setting music, both original and curated, by multimedia Composer Luca Longobardi, who provided a score that takes viewers on a dreamlike journey between the classics of impressionist music and an original contemporary cinematic score. Vittorio Guidotti is the Art Director.
Impressionism found its origins in 1874 when the “Anonymous Society of Painters, Sculptors, Printmakers, etc.” hosted an exhibition in Paris independent of the Salon de Paris: a yearly exhibition in which a jury of artists from the Académie des Beaux-Arts selected the finest works and awarded medals.
The Anonymous Society was founded by Claude Monet along with Edgar Degas and Camille Pissarro, among others, as a rejection of the traditional norms strongly enforced by the Salon since the 17th century. “Impressionist” was originally a derogatory term used to ridicule impressionists for the rushed, unfinished look of their paintings, but they came to wear the label with pride.
The Impressionists sought to capture the elusive properties of light through painting, closely examining how different lighting can drastically change an image. They also often depicted themes of modernity, in stark contrast to the historical and mythological paintings that were favored by academic convention at the time.
Impressionist painters preferred to go out into nature to paint, a new method that went against the traditional practice of sketching and painting in a stuffy studio. A fleeting movement, the Impressionists all went on to pursue their own unique styles by the late 1880s. Despite its brief moment in the spotlight, however, Impressionism spurred an artistic revolution.
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