Two Monet exhibitions share the world of Impressionism

The man of the hour is Claude Monet. With an immersive show in Indianapolis at LUME in Newfields and two of his works, including one of his esteemed water lily paintings, water lilies, on display at Speed ​​Art MuseumClaude Monet is experiencing a new moment in the spotlight.

Here are the basics of both exhibits:

About Speed ​​Painting and a bit of Monet (from the release):

water lilies, one of Claude Monet’s famous water lily paintings, debuted at the Speed ​​Art Museum. The new exhibit is an opportunity to share one of the earliest versions of Monet’s famous and favorite water lily subjects. In 1883 Claude Monet (French, 1840-1926) moved his family to the small town of Giverny, France, just northwest of Paris, where he set out to build a lavish water lily pond and surrounding gardens in 1893. The project would preoccupy the artist for the next 30 years, creating an endless and inspirational source of subject matter for hundreds of ‘works of art. Completed in 1897, water lilies is among Monet’s earliest paintings of the completed pond.

See Water Lilies at the Speed ​​Art Museum.

“We are delighted to present this significant painting to our visitors,” Erika Holmquist-Wall, chief curator of Speed ​​and curator of European and American Painting and Sculpture, said in a statement. “The exhibit is designed to be an invitation to slow down, stay in a moment, and take a closer look.”

On temporary loan from an anonymous collection, the oil painting is now prominently displayed alongside the recently restored Monet painting of Speed, The church of Varengeville-sur-Mer, gray weather, painted in 1882 during one of the artist’s trips to the northern coast of France. This painting recently underwent a year-long conservation treatment through the Speed ​​Art Museum’s Adopt-an-Artwork program.

About LUME’s Monet and Friends Alive exhibition (from the website):

“After a successful inaugural year Vincent Van Gogh, THE LUME Indianapolis will reopen with Monet & Friends Alive on July 3. The unique Monet & Friends Alive experience, created by Australian company Grande Experiences, will take guests on a journey back in time to when the face of European art was set to change forever. The exhibition will present the world of Impressionism through three main movements: Metropolitan, A Day in the Life and En Plein Air. The masterpieces of the Impressionists will come to life with a rich and dynamic display of light, color and sound. Breathtaking paintings will be projected to an enormous scale with vivid detail to bring back, larger than life, the bold brushstrokes of Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Cézanne, and more. Guests will be able to indulge their senses and appreciate the views of 19th century Paris through the eyes of the painters who immortalized them. The final gallery will feature original paintings, drawings, and sculptures by notable Impressionists, including Cassatt, Cezanne, Manet, Monet, Degas, and more. Set to a beautiful musical score featuring Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Offenbach, Monet & Friends Alive is an immersive experience that stimulates all the senses.

“After a resounding success in its inaugural year, THE LUME Indianapolis featuring Monet & Friends Alive is sure to be a memorable experience for guests of all ages and backgrounds who want to learn more about Impressionism, or those who are experiencing a museum for the very first time,” said Jonathan Berger, vice president of marketing and external affairs at Newfields in a statement. “We are also delighted to be able to offer local talent the opportunity to be part of of the final experience and showcase their work in a world-class museum. We are excited to see how this year’s Monet Alive show will impact those in our community, the Midwest and the country. Newfields was transformed by last year’s Van Gogh exhibition, so this year we continue to look for ways to add new surprises, educate our visitors and welcome new faces to the museum.

My experience with Monet at LUME:

I haven’t visited Speed’s Monet yet, but I had the chance to visit LUME, and just like last year’s Van Gogh exhibit, LUME offers an immersive experience that includes the theater of 30,000 square feet showing the works of Monet on a large scale. The theater includes projections made with more than 120 projectors, scents of flowers and perfumes that could have been smelled on the streets of Paris, and music by Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Revel and Offenbach.

The beautiful Lumen Tonic (non-alcoholic version) from the Lumiere Cafe at the Monet and Friends Alive exhibition.

As we moved through the space, with the children, everyone was invited to sit on the floor, to look at the works of art on the walls, all the things that we were told not to do in the usual rooms of a museum. In the middle of the exhibition is a cafe and the drinks and food that we could take with us throughout the exhibition. Yes, even children could carry their drinks and food with them through the exhibit. It’s a liberating experience for parents who fear their child will ruin a multi-million dollar work of art.

Café Lumiere which sits in the middle of the exhibit is an oasis with restrooms, food and beverage service that includes show-themed dishes. Tip: the star of the drink menu is the LUMEN Tonic. A citrus and elderflower vodka tonic. The joy of seeing elderflowers bloom from ice cubes while sipping the drink is something to be experienced.

In addition to the LUME theatrical exhibition, other original works by Impressionists, including Monet, are exhibited as part of the tour. by Monet Charing Cross Bridge. to understand Landscape at Auvers, Farm Entrance Rue St Rémy by Paul Cezanne, bouquet in a vase by Pierre Renoir, and Countryside by Camille Pissarro.

The visit to Monet’s exhibitions ends with a replica of his painting “The Water Lilies” where the public is invited into the frame to cross the bridge, take photos and be part of the work.

As you pass through the gift shop to the rest of the museum, pick up some of the adorable French soaps. The smells are heavenly. I came home with lavender.

A visit to LUME is a reason to leave all the stress at the door and give yourself those moments to simply enjoy where you are, what you see, smell and taste. Drop the rest.

When visiting Indianapolis for the LUME, book a stay at Hotel with its brutalist charms or my favorite, bottle hotel located near my favorite place to eat in Indy, The garage dining room. Indianapolis is a city in flux and there are so many fun places to shop or eat (especially near Bottleworks).

Step inside the Monet and Friends Alive exhibition at LUME.


I’m sure I convinced you to head to Indianapolis for the Lume exhibit, but before you go, stop by Speed ​​to see their Monet artwork. water lilies was a work that Monet was particularly fond of and this is a rare opportunity to see the work. If you’re a Speed ​​member, you get reciprocity at Newfields, which means you get discounts at the lounge and in the gift shops. For more information on tickets, visit the Museum of Speed ​​website here and the Newfields website here.

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Julia P. Cluff