Salt Lake City art exhibitions immerse you in the paintings


SALT LAKE CITYTwo exhibitions that recently opened in downtown Salt Lake City celebrate the works of some of the world’s greatest artists – in a very different way. They literally immerse clients in the new trend of immersive art.

It’s not like walking into a museum, it’s like walking into art.

Vincent Van Gogh’s works cover the walls, the ceiling and the floor of Atmosphere Studios.

I spoke with Fanny Curtat who is part of the creative team based in Montreal. She is an art historian.

I told him that as a child I imagined going into paintings, probably many others imagined the same. I wondered why it is important for us to think about placing ourselves in art.

“Having the opportunity to come in, you kind of reconnect with that inner child,” Curtat said. “You can’t beat the magic of an original, but there is something to be said about fantasy and just the dreamlike opportunity of being able to step into this world and being able to follow colors and being able to follow the brush strokes.

Imagining what the artist was thinking while he painted, she said, also takes us beyond what most people remember about Van Gogh, the cutting of the ears, the poverty, the struggle against mental health.

His art speaks of something else. “The lasting lesson he brought us by finding joy in the world and focusing on its beauty. “

Jeremy and Desirae Andrews visited the exhibit. It was his birthday present for her.

Desirae loves Van Gogh’s art and absolutely loved the feeling of walking the streets of his paintings. They both enjoyed the multimedia aspect. There is movement in each work of art and music to accompany the different pieces.

“The artists who put it together did a fantastic job, I mean it’s just amazing! Jeremy agreed “Yeah, they were very passionate about Van Gogh and it’s evident in this project that they did.”

I have never been to Giverny, Claude Monet’s place of inspiration, so another immersive artistic experience at Leonardo was a moment for me.

Mia McCain is the Marketing Director. “It’s not just art on a screen, static, still, there are actually moving elements. So you come in and see, as I imagine that’s how the artists envisioned their work.

This exhibition transports patrons from Impressionists to Post-Impressionism to Symbolism, then Fauvism and Cubism to Surrealism, then to the works of Wassily Kandinsky, a Russian painter, nicknamed the pioneer of abstract art.

Mia McCain explained, “You’re going to have some background on the artists that are featured, but also the art movements that they were a part of.”

Chad said he heard about the Leonardo exhibition via Instagram, “I thought it was a cool new way to look at art.” He told us that his children were still inside, experimenting with art and the magnet.

Debra told us that her partner discovered the exhibit and invited her to go. “Entering was just fantastic, immersive.”

Artist Edgar Degas once said: “Art is not what you see (the artist) but what you make others see.

Both ‘Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience‘ and ‘From Monet to Kandinsky‘will be open to visitors until the end of December.


William E. Bennett