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Immersive Monet & The Impressionists
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An immersive Monet exhibition is headed to Chicago

See the artist’s famous water lilies—plus work from other Impressionist painters—at ‘Immersive Monet & The Impressionists.’

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp
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With Immersive Van Gogh and Immersive Frida Kahlo already under our belts, Chicago is getting yet another immersive exhibit—and this time, the projections will depict work from a broad array of iconic artists. 

Titled Immersive Monet & The Impressionists, the latest immersive art experience from events company Lighthouse Immersive showcases paintings from the Impressionist art movement, which developed in France during the latter half of the 19th century. Led by Claude Monet—the artist who rendered famous scenes from his garden home in Giverny, France—Impressionist painters focused on scenes from the natural world and everyday life, employing a hazy brush technique to give their work an of-the-moment feel. 

Producers say they’re trying to capture some of that spontaneous quality in the Immersive Monet experience, pairing dream-like animations with an original score. Visitors can wander among works from Monet and fellow Impressionists Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt and more, as well as painters like J.M.W. Turner and Henri de Toulouse-Latrec (who represent the Romantic and Post-Impressionist movements, respectively). That’s a lot of painters in one exhibit, and accordingly, Immersive Monet is set to become the largest immersive experience in the country, spanning 500,000 cubic feet of projections and 1.2 million frames of video.

Ready for yet another immersive experience? Immersive Monet & The Impressionists will run June 17–September 25 at Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago (108 W Germania Pl); tickets go on sale May 10 and start at $30. Don’t fret if you haven’t caught Immersive Van Gogh or Immersive Frida Kahlo yet—the three exhibits will play concurrently.

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