VR exhibit explores Modigliani’s studio (VIDEO)

Modigliani moved to Paris from Italy in 1906 and there was introduced to a new artistic community that included Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. — Picture courtesy of Paul Guillaume, c. 1915
Modigliani moved to Paris from Italy in 1906 and there was introduced to a new artistic community that included Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. — Picture courtesy of Paul Guillaume, c. 1915

PARIS, Nov 25 — Tate Modern has just launched its new Modigliani exhibition, which features a virtual reality component called the 'Ochre Atelier' that can be previewed in a time-lapse video from the museum.

Modigliani moved to Paris from Italy in 1906 and there was introduced to a new artistic community that included Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau. Later, in 1919, the artist returned to the city from the South of France and moved into a studio space on rue de la Grande-Chaumière.

Tate Modern’s 'Modigliani' exhibition explores the aspects of Parisian life — its creative environments and popular culture — that were central to the painter’s art, bringing together more than 100 works including portraits, nudes and sculptures.

At the heart of the exhibition is a virtual reality room created in partnership with HTC Vive that lets visitors step into Modigliani’s circia-1919 Parisian studio. Called the 'Ochre Atelier,' it allows visitors to browse paintings, sketches and more while listening to audio commentary.

Modigliani’s studio still exists, although it has been transformed in the near-100 years since the artist inhabited it, and the actual studio space was used as a template for the VR experience.

Just ahead of the launch of the exhibition, the Tate team unveiled a time-lapse video that gives a taste of the VR exhibit.

Virtual reality museum experiences have multiplied in recent years. In 2015, the British Museum offered a similarly interactive experience using Samsung’s Gear VR, allowing visitors to explore the interior of a Bronze Age roundhouse, complete with 3D objects and changing light and atmosphere.

Modigliani VR: The Ochre Atelier is part of the “Modigliani“ exhibition on show at Tate Modern from November 23, 2017 through April 2, 2018. —AFP-Relaxnews