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Van Gogh’s Bedrooms

A digital experience that immerses Art Institute of Chicago’s visitors in Van Gogh’s thoughts, artistry and bedroom.

Van Gogh’s Bedrooms, a new exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, opened in February 2016 and features all three versions of Van Gogh’s masterwork together for the very first time in North America.

Bluecadet partnered with the Art Institute of Chicago to create several engaging interactive experiences that enhance visitor exploration of the artist’s work and immerse visitors in Van Gogh’s world – both physical and emotional. A reconstruction of Van Gogh’s famous bedroom serves as a canvas for digital projections of artfully animated sketches, colorful brushstrokes, and quotes from Van Gogh’s personal journals and letters.

Two interactive screens allow visitors to conduct synchronized exploration of the paintings. Visitors can pinch, zoom, explore, and compare the three paintings freely or be guided by points of interest from the conservator’s work. They can use x-ray vision to see the differences in style, texture and technique that reveal the hidden methods of Van Gogh’s creative process.

By design, these immersive digital experiences help tell Van Gogh’s story in very new ways, revealing the dreams and emotions of an accomplished artist and providing visitors with the power to investigate the Bedrooms like a curator or conservator.