Ah, The Kiss. Composed of a man and woman locked in an eternal embrace upon a bed of flowers, it’s one of the most iconic art nouveau paintings and arguably one of the most romantic pieces of art ever created. Painted by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt at the height of his Golden Period, it contains many of the artist’s signatures: heavy symbolism, erotic undertones, and decorative embellishments of gold leaf, platinum, and silver. His legacy has endured through the years and even wiggled its way into modern pop culture—you may remember back in 2016 when Oprah Winfrey sold Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II (1912) for an earth-shattering $150 million.
Now Klimt fans can experience The Kiss (1907) and other works like Judith and the Head of Holofernes (1901) at three different immersive digital art experiences opening in 12 cities across the globe in 2022. Find out more about when and where each show is happening and how to get tickets before they sell out:
“Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion”
Opening September 14, 2022, Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion will debut as the inaugural exhibition of the Hall des Lumières. Situated in Manhattan’s revamped Emigrant Industrial Savings Bank, the venue will be the first permanent immersive art center in New York City. Jointly created by Culturespaces, a French company that manages museums and heritage sites, and media production company IMG, Gustav Klimt will take visitors on a “golden, sensuous” journey through the painter’s revolutionary art. Gianfranco Iannuzzi, the same digital artist behind the immersive Van Gogh, La Nuit Étoilée at Atelier des Lumières, helmed the project.
Built in 1912, the former bank has been meticulously restored and offers 30-foot-high ceilings and soaring walls on which larger-than-life projections of Klimt’s paintings will be displayed. An original soundtrack will accompany the exhibit. A complementary digital experience about Austrian environmental artist and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasse, whose midcentury work was inspired by Klimt, will accompany the main show.
“Klimt: The Immersive Experience”
Created by the same partnership between Exhibition Hub and Fever that brought Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience to life, comes Klimt: The Immersive Experience. The show—currently on display in London and Madrid—has more than 200 works by the artist in a mind-boggling floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree format. In addition to the main exhibit, there’s also a 10-minute virtual reality experience that chronicles the breadth of Klimt’s career, from his humble beginnings as an interior decorator to the dazzling glory of his Golden Period. Shows in Miami, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas have already closed but will open in nine other U.S. cities later this year.
When: Through September 30, 2022
Where: The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane
Buy tickets: Prices start at $26, feverup.com
Previously on display in Toronto, Boston, and Phoenix, Immersive Klimt is about to open in Detroit in September 2022. It takes guests on a journey through the artist’s life, beginning with his early pencil sketches to some of his most iconic works from his Golden Period like The Tree of Life (1905). Designed by multimedia artist Massimiliano Siccardi, who created Immersive Van Gogh, Immersive Klimt features 500,000 cubic feet of room-scale projections. In addition to the larger-than-life projections, the exhibit also offers a soundtrack created by Luca Longobardi and 60,600 frames of animated artwork.
This article was originally published on January 21, 2022; it was updated on September 8, 2022, with current information.