Indianapolis’s Museum Is Replacing Its Contemporary Art Galleries With an Immersive Van Gogh-Themed

Indianapolis’s Newfields is taking a page from “Emily in Paris.”

In an episode of the hit Netflix series, transplanted Midwesterner and Instagram professional Emily (Lily Collins) goes to soak up the best of Parisian culture with her friends. Fittingly, the trio end up not at any of Paris’s famous museums, but at the Atelier des Lumières, a space that specializes in immersive, Instagram-friendly light environments based on art. There, they canoodle inside a light-show version of Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night.

Now, in a move sure to spark plenty of debate, Charles Venable, CEO and director of Newfields (formerly the Indianapolis Museum of Art) is removing his institution’s floor of contemporary art to replace it with the LUME, a Van Gogh-themed animated environment very similar to the one that thrilled Emily and friends.

The initiative is billed as “the largest exhibition experience in Newfields’s 137-year history” and promises to “transform two-dimensional paintings into a three-dimensional world that guests can explore through all their senses.” It is set to debut next summer.




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