Immersive, Multi-Sensory Van Gogh Experience Taking Over Indianapolis Museum of Art This Summer

The exhibit will allow guests to immerse themselves in floor-to-ceiling projections of masterpieces like "Sunflowers" and "Starry Night."

click to enlarge Rendering of The LUME Indianapolis - Photo: Courtesy of Grande Experiences
Photo: Courtesy of Grande Experiences
Rendering of The LUME Indianapolis

An Indianapolis art museum will soon have the honor of presenting the colorful world of Vincent van Gogh as never seen before.

An immersive, multi-sensory exhibit named The LUME is being developed by an Australian company called Grande Experiences that will soon be enjoyed by art connoisseurs and novices alike. Although other exhibitions across the world have offered similar life-like attractions, this will be among the first of its kind to set foot in an American art museum.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields has announced that The LUME will open in June 2021 — if all goes as planned. In fact, their entire fourth floor is closed due to the installation of the groundbreaking display.

The show will feature around 150 projectors that will transform two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional masterpieces, according to the museum. These projectors will allow visitors to be immersed in some of van Gogh’s most popular creations such as "Sunflowers" and "Starry Night." (Think this scene from Netflix's Emily in Paris.)

“Explore the combination of great art and cutting-edge technology at its finest with floor-to-ceiling projections of some of the most famous paintings in the world,” the website reads. 

“As the largest exhibition experience in Newfields’ 137-year history, guests will be able to walk through nearly 30,000 square feet of immersive galleries and take in breathtaking masterpieces as you explore a new multi-sensory digital world.”

The novel exhibit is expected to be very popular, as it will allow visitors to explore the most intricate details of van Gogh's work — without setting off a museum alarm. 

For updates regarding the exhibition opening dates, visit discovernewfields.org/lume.

Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, 4000 N. Michigan Road, Indianapolis.

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