Tucked away in former warehouse, the Boiler House, just off Brick Lane, is popular Austrian modernist painter Gustav Klimt’s life story and art. Organized by Exhibition Hub Entertainment and global platform Fever, visitors can get to know the artist and his art via in-depth storytelling and technology. Included in the exhibition is a dazzling wonderland of trippy floor-to-ceiling 360-degree projections of Gustav’s paintings with soothing music, a VR experience featuring more projections of the artist’s most compelling artworks and an open-house artist’s studio for visitors to make their own paintings and have them displayed on the walls.
It’s hard not to rush through the typically gallery-hung wall-paintings and content and head straight to the ‘golden universe’ to relax in the deck chairs and enjoy the multisensory 360-degree experience. I found this part of the exhibition very peaceful and relaxing and particularly liked Klimt’s colourful landscape artworks. You get a clear sense that Klimt loved colour, women and intimacy and gold leaf, as these feature continuously throughout the elaborate moving paintings. During Klimt’s successful golden phase, many of his paintings included gold leaf, such as hugely famous erotic ‘The Kiss’ (1907-1908) painting. Whilst I sat there absorbing all the shapes, colours, sounds and details, I asked myself whether a fully immersive appreciation of his art would be what the painter Gustav Klimt would have wished for, as this seemed to be the main idea behind this exhibition. If you want to experience all the elaborate details of Klimt’s artworks up close this is for you.
Review by Jules Nelson
Klimt: The Immersive Experience
The Boiler House
152 Brick Ln, E1 6RU
Klimt: The Immersive Experience is a 360º digital art exhibition that invites you to step into the world of the Austrian genius Gustav Klimt. It is brought to you by the organisers of a collection of widely successful exhibitions present in cities across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
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