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Artist Claude Monet is well known for paintings of his water lilies from his garden in Giverny. Photo: Hannah Manning

Immersive impressionism: Experience Monet’s art up close at Imagine Monet—until August 16

By Hannah Manning on June 21, 2022

Dive into an immersive experience featuring the work of impressionist artist Claude Monet at the new Imagine Monet exhibition at the EY Centre.

Learn about Claude Monet from a series of panels before entering the exhibition. Photo: Hannah Manning.

After entering the venue, take time to read about Monet, his art, and the birth of impressionism from a series of hanging panels. With this brief history in mind, you’re ready to enter into a large exhibition hall that has been transformed using massive screens and projectors. Suddenly, you’re a part of the painting. Learning about Monet’s passion for his garden puts into context the subject of his paintings, notably his Water Lilies series.

Larger than life paintings. Photo: Hannah Manning

Paintings come to life with delicate animated details. The projections play with the scale of his paintings, growing and shrinking as they appear on screen.

Whether you choose to sit and enjoy from one perspective or circle through the room, it feels like you’re part of the art. Embark on a journey from vast mountains to simple haystacks to the artist’s personal garden over the course of the experience.

“We’ve worked together a lot to present a nice piece of France here: My native Normandy! wonderfully painted by Claude Monet.”

What makes this exhibition so special is the connection between the creator and the artist. “I am very happy to visit Ottawa for the first time with one of our “Imagine” exhibitions,” says creator Annabelle Mauger. “Imagine Monet is the last project created with my co-director Julien Baron in collaboration with Androula Michael. We’ve worked together a lot to present a nice piece of France here: My native Normandy! wonderfully painted by Claude Monet.”

Imagine Monet is a beautiful, peaceful experience. Even for those not familiar with Monet’s art, there is something magical about being enveloped in colour. Photos (no flash!) are allowed—light coloured outfits reflect the paintings best, making you part of the artist’s canvas.

Imagine Monet runs June 16 to August 14, 2022 at the EY Centre (4899 Uplands Drive). The exhibition is closed Mondays. Timed entry tickets start at $31 per person or $107 for a family pass and are available online. Parking on site is $8 and the EY Centre is accessible via OC Transpo.