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The Water Lily obsession

A VR experience & 360° video 
directed by Nicolas Thépot

In 1883 painter Claude Monet first rented a house in the French town of Giverny. After purchasing the property and adjoining land, the artist transformed an existing small pond into a water garden with water lilies and a Japanese-style bridge from which he could observe the water and the flowers. From 1899 to 1926, Monet painted more than 250 scenes devoted to the water lily theme, which became what he himself called “an obsession.”
Through a dialogue between Claude Monet and his old friend, statesman George Clemenceau, this contemplative VR experience invites you on a sensory journey starting off in Claude Monet’s garden, stopping along the way at the workshop of the artist and ending in the exhibition rooms of the Orangerie Museum. You relive a perpetual renewal of nature, to explore time and space while immersed in the Water lilies paintings.

This experience is the first episode of the Arte Trips collection, an immersive series in major works of art, co-produced by ARTE. It has been shown at Musée de l’Orangerie for four months from Novembre 2018 to March 2019. With the support of Vive Arts.

Length Real-time 3D: 8′ / Length 360° Video: 5’
Original music: George Lepauw (International Beethoven project)
French actors: Georges Claisse (Claude Monet), Didier Bénureau (Georges Clémenceau)
English actors: Geoffrey Bateman (Claude Monet), Peter Hudson (Georges Clémenceau)
Executive producer: Chloé Jarry
Production manager: Alessandra Bogi
Graphic creation & development: Hugo Arcier, Studio N°130
Sound design: Thomas Couchard, NOVELAB
Coproducers ARTE France, Lucid Realities, Camera lucida productions, Musées d’Orsay Et de L’Orangerie, Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
With the support of CNC – Fonds Nouveaux Médias, Fonds Transmédia de la Ville de Paris
Distribution: Lucid Realities

Artistic team

Orangerie museum (Paris / November 14th 2018 - March 11th 2019)
MK2 VR Bibliothèque (Paris / September - December 2019)
Jeju Museum (Jeju Do - South Korea / October 18th 2019 - February 7th 2020)
Louvre museum (Paris / January 17th -26th 2020)
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (March 22nd - May 10th 2020)
Musée Joseph Déchelette (Roanne / March 13th - April 13th 2020)
National Palace Museum (Taipei / December 10th 2019 - May 26th 2020)
Kaohsiung VR Lab (Kaohsiung - Taiwan / January 15th - June 23rd 2020)
Jeonnam Museum (Gwangyang-Si - South Korea / Nov 23rd 2020 - January 31st 2021)
Centre Culture Trois-Rivières (Canada - February 27th - May 30th 2021)
Palais des Congrès de Liège (De Monet à Kandinsky, vers le Modernisme' exhibition - June 24th to September 12th 2021)


VivePort Developer Award – Best Art & Culture VR experience in 2019
Silver Muse Award at the annual meeting of American Alliance of Museum (2019 – New Orleans)
Grand Prix at PiXii Festival – Sunny Side of the Doc (2019 – La Rochelle)
Grand Prize Winner at Anny Festival (2019 - New York )
Special mention of the jury at FIFA – Experientia (2019 - Montreal)
Official selection at The Fine Arts Film Festival (2020 - Venice)
Official selection at FIPADOC - Smart Lab SMART LAB (2020 - Biarritz)
Official selection at Kaohsiung Film Festival (2019)
Official selection at VRHAM (2019 - Hambourg)
Official selection at Sandbox Immersive Festival (2019 - Qingdao)
Official selection at Aesthetica Short Film Festival (2019 - York)
Official selection at J.Hlava IDFF Festival (2019 - Ji Hlava)
Official selection at Festival International d’Art Vidéo de Casablanca (2019)
Official selection at CPH:Dox (2019 - Copenhagen)
Presentation out of competition at Cannes XR (2019)
Presentation out of competition at Short film fest of Clermont-Ferrand (2020)

Voilà un cercle vertueux entre une exposition classique, une innovation VR et un chef-d’oeuvre de l’impressionnisme !

Marie-Anne Kleiber
Le Journal du Dimanche

Mais qu’il est excitant de voir s’ouvrir un tel champ des possible. Une mise en profondeur très réussie

Catherine Pacary
Le Monde

Step into Claude Monet’s world with this immersive VR exploration of “Water Lilies“

Smithsonian Mag

Une petite merveille de réalité virtuelle !

Charlotte Ullmann
Beaux Arts Magazine

Cuando la tecnología y el arte se unen pasan cosas tan maravillosas

Andrea Antolin Garcia
Elle Decor

Découvrez l’atelier de Claude Monet à Giverny comme vous ne l’avez jamais vu !

Christine Siméone
France Inter