A European city break is hardly complete without traipsing around a gallery looking at centuries worth of works from the great masters of painting. Visions Alive: From Monet to Kandinsky is here to transform how we experience art. For those who have been there and done that a dozen times before, there is an escape from the old routine! In July this year, Berlin’s Alte Münze not only opened a new exhibition, but also presented a new way for art to be experienced – in dynamic multimedia formats.
From Monet to Kandinsky: Visions Alive is not the first of its kind. Previous years have seen works from Van Gogh and Hieronymous Bosch also presented in this way. However this latest exhibition more ambitiously encompasses the works of 16 of the classical modernist eras most important artists. As the name suggests – the exhibition spans from Monet to Kandinsky with many of the greats in between including Edgar Degas, Paul Gaugin, Henri Rousseau, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Gustav Klimt, Paul Signac, Piet Mondrian, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent Van Gogh, Pierre August Renoir, Juan Gris, Paul Klee, Edward Munch, and Kazimir Malevich. Wassily and Claude are in good company it seems.
The exhibition itself is unique in its presentation of some of the world’s most famous and beloved paintings. The latest digital technology transports visitors through art history via projections and animated graphics and of course all of this is brought to life with musical accompaniment through Dolby surround sound.
In addition to the digital presentation of works, there are 16 short films included in the exhibition. Each details the life and works of each master, which visitors experience on 7 metre large screens as they stroll through the museum. Visitors are immersed in colours, light, music and history – beyond the traditional habit of standing in front of the work and viewing in a static way. Visions Alive is a multidimensional experience that brings to life more than 1500 works, with the assistance of over 20 of the world’s finest museums.
Not only does this ensure art lovers enjoy classical works in a contemporary way, it also brings an added level of depth to the works – particularly important when it comes to modernism, as HD projections and Dolby surround sound capture and illuminate details that previously may have been overlooked.
Visions Alive runs until January 2018 and is open daily from 10am until 8pm. Tickets are €12.50 and available to purchase at the Alte Münze ticket office or here online.