With its blend of traditional paintings and cutting-edge projection technology, Beyond Monet allows the audience to dive into the heart of a world filled with incandescent light and glistening colors. Like Monet himself, this experience seeks to go beyond the familiar and shed new light on what we thought we knew.
Drawing inspiration from the way Monet designed his masterpiece, Grandes Décorations: the Water Lilies cycle in the Musée de l’Orangerie, Beyond Monet is set in two elliptical rooms evoking the infinity symbol. The first room houses the Garden: a space emulating the intimacy of Giverny where the visitors get to know Monet, to read his own words and to get the measure of the constantly renewed relevance of this 19th century artist.
The Garden then leads to a gateway connecting the two elliptical rooms: the Prism. Serving as a threshold between the radiance of the daylight cycle permeating the first room and the dreamlike atmosphere of the room to come, the Prism embodies the endless refractions of the light that are at the very core of the pictorial exploration of the Impressionists.
The visitors then find themselves in the Infinity Room: a uniquely oval-shaped space covered with seamless projection screens extending to the ceiling to form a canopy above a mirror dotted floor. Freed from their frames, the paintings flow around the room, taking the audience on a journey through the different aspects and themes of Monet’s work. The soundscape of the experience combines original music with sound effects, adding depth to the experience and allowing the audience to connect with the artwork in a different and more intimate way.