THE LUME INDIANAPOLIS PREMIERES AT NEWFIELDS!
July 27, 2021 – THE LUME Indianapolis premieres at Newfields, transforming the museum’s entire fourth floor with nearly 30,000 square feet of immersive digital art. The first year’s content will feature the legendary artworks of Vincent van Gogh, with images such as The Starry Night (1889) and Sunflowers (1888) displayed from floor to ceiling by 150 high-definition projectors.
Created by Australian-based Grande Experiences, THE LUME Indianapolis will be the largest continuous exhibition space in Newfields’ 138-year history and is part of the museum’s commitment to reach new audiences through innovation. The content of THE LUME will rotate annually, but the technology and infrastructure for the digital galleries are permanent. In partnership with Grande Experiences, Newfields will curate exhibition content in the coming years to include the works of other master artists, as well as emerging artists, local artists, and artists from communities that have been often underrepresented.
“THE LUME is an invitation to experience art in a new light. Together with Newfields, we have established the very first, large-scale, permanent, multi-sensory digital art gallery of significance in the USA. It is 2-3 times the size of anything before it in the USA. While there’s nothing that can replace original art, the reality is that today’s audiences want something more. People are seeking experiences, they want to explore, play, dance, marvel and be immersed in the color, the movement, the music, the aromas and the vibrancy. At THE LUME Indianapolis the art of story-telling will burst to life as light ripples across every surface and masterpieces come alive,” said Bruce Peterson, Owner of Grande Experiences.
“We are beyond thrilled to bring this incredible, groundbreaking, technology-fueled experience to the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields,” said Darrianne Christian, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees.
Unlike other immersive Van Gogh experiences in the country, THE LUME Indianapolis is unprecedented in size and sophisticated technology delivery, and guests will round out their experience while exploring paintings from the IMA’s permanent collection in the final gallery, including Landscape at Saint-Rémy (Enclosed Field with Peasant) by Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890), House in Provence by Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906) and Landscape near Arles by Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903).
Newfields offers dynamic experiences with art and nature for guests of all ages. The 152-acre cultural campus features art galleries, lush gardens, a historic home, performance spaces, a nature preserve and sculpture park. From inspiring exhibitions in the IMA Galleries, to concerts in The Toby, to a stroll through The Garden with a glass of something cold, guests are invited to interact with art and nature in exciting new ways. Newfields is home to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, among the ten largest and ten oldest general art museums in the nation; the Lilly House, a National Historic Landmark; The Garden, featuring 40 acres of contemporary and historic gardens, a working greenhouse and an orchard; and The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, one of the largest art and nature parks in the country. The Newfields campus extends outside of Indianapolis with Miller House and Garden in Columbus, Ind.—one of the nation’s most highly regarded examples of mid-century Modernist architecture. For more information, visit DiscoverNewfields.org.
Photos courtesy of Newfields.