He’s the “Father of Impressionism” and widely considered one of the most influential artists of all time — and now, you can see his work in an incredible interactive display right here in THE LUME in Newfields. We’ll get into all the details of the exhibition, but first, let’s (paint) brush up on history.
The birth of Impressionism
The place? Paris. The year? 1874. Claude Monet, a French painter whose work was rejected by the artistic establishment for being too “radical,” decided to exhibit his work independently. Along with Pissarro, Renoir, Cézanne, Degas, and other iconic painters, he was creating a new form of art, which aimed to capture the transient beauty of light, water, and other aspects of the natural world.
It was called “Impressionism,” and it changed the art world forever.
About the exhibition
If you’ve been looking for a date night activity, family outing, or just an inspirational, artsy afternoon, you won’t want to miss this exhibition.
“Monet & Friends Alive” transforms Newfields’ entire fourth floor into 30,000 sqft of immersive galleries, all featuring Monet’s stunning landscape work. The exhibition also includes physical Impressionistic art from the IMA’s permanent collection.
Why not make a day (or night) of it? Attendees 21+ can grab a specialty cocktail and small bites from the Monet-inspired café to enjoy while they walk through the gallery and take artsy selfies in the interactive selfie station. For families, the interactive color mural wall is a must-do.
“Monet and Friends Alive” is open through May 29, so don’t wait. Tickets are $29 for adults, $25 for seniors, $20 for kids ages 6-17, and include admission to the entire rest of the art museum (kids five and under get in free). Get your tickets.
Pro tip: Plan enough time to walk through the museum and its gardens too — they are stunning in spring.
See you there, Indy.*