Picture of the "Attraction Hall" room at the IconSiam shopping center in Bangkok, Thailand, which hosts the inmersive exhibition "Monet and Friends Alive". EFE/ Nayara Batschke

‘Monet & Friends Alive’ inmersive exhibit arrives in Bangkok

Bangkok, Sep 22 (EFE).- “La Grenouillère,” “The garden at Sainte-Adresse,” “Impression, Sunrise,” and the iconic series “Water Lilies” are among the 3,500 digitized works that make up the exhibition “Monet & Friends Alive,” an immersive experience that opened in Bangkok on Friday.

Through a multisensory experience, which combines shapes, smells, colors and a vibrant soundtrack, visitors will be able to interact with the works of Claude Monet and 14 other impressionist artists, such as Camille Pisarro, Paul Cézanne, Edouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

The exhibition, which will be open to visitors until Jan. 7, 2024, at the IconSiam shopping center in Bangkok, combines art, technology and entertainment in a genuine journey to the captivating world of 19th century French impressionism.

“For one hour, one can see 3,000 artworks in large size and fresh colors, so I think that will be something that attracts the young generations,” Devin Ma, one of the exhibition organizers, told EFE.

Visitors are invited to wander through and discover the secrets of London and Paris in the 19th century while stepping into the most bucolic landscapes of European Impressionism and the charms of La Belle Époque within a space of over 4,000 square meters.

From the center of a room full of enormous screens, illuminated by 40 projectors on the walls and another 20 on the floor, the public passes through Monet’s lilies, Degas’ pointe shoes and Renoir’s sensual boat parties, which come to life in giant sizes.

The visual experience is enhanced by a synchronized soundtrack, which recalls the great hits of the time with classics such as Tchaikovsky’s “Russian Dance” and “Waltz of the Flowers,” and Debussy’s “Clair de lune.”

Before entering the immersive room, visitors can learn about the history of French Impressionism thanks to the archive material collected, such as texts, landscapes, photographs of the artists and original posters from the period.

“Monet & Friends Alive” also brings together a series of interactive scenes that emulate the paintings’ original landscapes while allowing visitors to take photos and get immersed in them.

It is the case of Monet’s “The Japanese Bridge,” whose elements, such as the bridge itself, the garden, the water and the flowers, come to live and offer the public the opportunity to immortalize themselves in a picture.EFE