Modigliani – A VR Experience at Tate Modern


Amedeo Modigliani: an Italian painter and sculptor who moved to Paris in his early twenties, finding little success during his lifetime, but later celebrated for his unique style. His art sometimes reminds me of Paul Cézanne’s and his portraits are easily recognisable with prolonged features, such as long faces and disproportional noses. Modigliani is most famous for his female nudes – works of art which granted him a ban on his only solo exhibition (prohibited on the basis of indecency).

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Modigliani’s Portraits

Tate Modern is showcasing many of his works until the 2nd of April, 2018, and is also offering an immersive VR experience of his late studio, which was located near the bohemian cafés of Montparnasse. Taking the studio as a template, and inspired by documentary material of both the artist and early 20th century Paris, they recreated the artist’s working and living space – you will be inside his studio, on a sunny afternoon in Paris.

Recently, there have been many claims that VR can aid pain-management – something I’ve been quite sceptical about. On experiencing these 7 minutes of immersive VR I have to admit that they may be onto something here. As soon as I was in Modigliani’s studio, I was invaded by a feel-good state and a will to open the door in front of me, to look out the window – there were no obstacles to my imagination and I did not want it to end so quickly. None of that dizziness that you may feel with cheaper VR headsets either – just pure immersion.

Since this was in the context of an art exhibition, the fact that everything was painting-like (as opposed to what we may recognise as real) caused for a dreamy experience that I would definitely recommend.


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