What comes to your mind when you usually think about visiting a painting exhibition? Well maybe some fun, but a lot of walking, tiredness, lots of people, long waiting times before getting a chance to look into the eyes of the major masterpieces – forget it! I think it is nice that the modern technologies are everywhere and even the classical art becomes not-so-classical.
There are currently 2 exhibitions called “live paintings” : Gustav Klimt + Ivan Aivazovskiy and Van Gogh + Nikolay Rerikh. I decided to visit the first one as I adore Klimt paintings and found myself in the very industrial part of St. Petersburg inside of one of the biggest gas-holders in the world used for gas storage in the 19th century for the numerous street lamps of the city. It was built as a round tower so the screen is almost 360°.
There are a lot of lounger bags on the floor for the art lovers. The music is on and the magic begins. All the paintings appear on the screen, the characters and subjects painted are moving and the art is really alive. I had been watching the show for 2 hours and they felt like 5 minutes. Another surprise for me was my impression of Aivazovskiy’s paintings (he is a famous seascapeist in Russia) – I had seen a lot of his works in the museums before but was never so much astonished with his talent.
So go there if you love paintings, go there if you don’t – it’s surely worth trying!