The Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields will invite guests to step into a digital world of art when THE LUME Indianapolis debuts in June 2021. This multi-sensory experience is being created by Australian-based Grande Experiences and will occupy the museum’s entire fourth floor with nearly 30,000 square feet of immersive, digital art.
THE LUME Indianapolis, which is made possible through funding from Lilly Endowment Inc., will feature almost 150 state-of-the-art, high-definition projectors that can transform two-dimensional paintings into a three-dimensional world that guests can explore through all their senses. The projections featured in THE LUME will be displayed from floor to ceiling in spacious galleries that move far beyond the static nature of traditional art exhibitions.
The inaugural experience in THE LUME will spotlight the paintings of Vincent van Gogh, including Sunflowers and The Starry Night. Close to 3,000 moving images of Van Gogh’s paintings will be set to an evocative classical music score, transporting guests into the world of Van Gogh. THE LUME’s grand opening in Indianapolis will be the first-time guests will be able to experience a digital gallery of this scale and sophistication at an art museum in the United States.
The museum’s Dr. Charles L. Venable said, “I am very pleased that we have been able to partner with Grande Experiences to become the first museum in the country to fully embrace the future of digital exhibitions. My experience on other continents demonstrated how the combination of cutting-edge digital projection technology and great works of art can motivate new audiences to engage with art exhibitions. Welcoming diverse audiences is a major goal of Newfields, and we believe THE LUME Indianapolis will attract infrequent art museum visitors because they will be able to fully immerse themselves in an artist’s work in less formal ways than in a traditional gallery. THE LUME Indianapolis is more than an exhibition, it is an experience.”
Guests will also be invited to see Newfields’ own iconic painting by Van Gogh, Landscape at Saint-Rémy, in the IMA Galleries before or after they witness the artist’s paintings come to life in THE LUME.