The Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris has launched this week its first ever virtual reality (VR) project, Claude Monet, The Obsession with Water Lilies. An immersive 360° experience, it commemorates Monet’s extraordinary gift, exactly one hundred years ago today, of a series of monumental and breath-taking water lily paintings, donated to the French nation under the guidance of his friend Georges Clemenceau, to commemorate the end of World War One.
“Beyond painting and gardening, I’m good for nothing…” Monet famously said. This ground-breaking VR exhibition whisks you beyond the white walls of the museum, to those same vibrant gardens that Monet so painstakingly documented over the course of almost thirty years. You stand in the shallow waters at Giverny, inspired as he was inspired by the dappled light and fickle seasons waxing and waning across the lilies and bulrushes. You are then transported to Monet’s studio, where a virtual canvas is stretched taut above and around you and the artist’s bold, searing brushstrokes build up across your vision. The experience infuses these familiar paintings with an energy and a context profound and new.
The VR experience ‘Claude Monet, The Obsession with Water Lilies’ will be presented at a preview at the Musée de l’Orangerie on the 12th November 2018, with HTC VIVE as the hardware partner, and will then be available for a further four months at the museum in support of its Monet – Clemenceau programming.