Art Revisited II

An earlier post on Cosma entitled Art Revisited covered a trend for new immersive 360°/3D/VR technologies to be used to revisit and add new dimensions, literally, to classic art masterpieces. Some examples covered in that post included the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium explicating Bruegel’s A fall with the Rebel Angels and the Salvador Dalí Museum’s experience entitled Dreams of Dalí: A Virtual Reality Experience that allowed visitors to use a VR headset to step into Dalí’s painting entitled Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus..

Now Southeby’s auction house has joined in by publishing this 360° YouTube Video based on art that they are about to auction on March 1st.


Here is the text that accompanies the video on YouTube.

Experience Surrealist paintings like never before in this 360° virtual reality film. Explore the illusory perceptions of a Spanish plain in Salvador Dalí’s 1930s masterpiece, Moment de transition. Discover the enigmatic dreamscape of Paul Delvaux’s Jeunes filles au bord de l’eau. Interpret the powerfully evocative part human, part machine-like creatures in André Masson’s Hôtel d’automates. And marvel at the juxtaposition of a powerful lion and a fragile egg in René Magritte’s Le Repas de Noces. These four works along with a variety of others, including works by Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Oscar Domínguez, and a rare unique object by Marcel Duchamp, will feature in Sotheby’s Surrealist Art Evening Sale at 8pm GMT on 1 March in London. For an even more immersive experience, watch with headphones via the YouTube App on your mobile device, VR headset or Google Cardboard. Or visit Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries in London where the full virtual reality experience with Oculus Rift headsets will form part of the Surrealist Art exhibition, open daily until 1 March 2017.

You can learn more about the work on Southeby’s website.
Masters of Surrealism: A 360° Virtual Reality Experience (Sotheby’s)
Reimagining Surrealism Through Virtual Reality (Sotheby’s)

What an awesome trend! It is intriguing to think about what painting might be the next to be re-imagined so that it can literally be visited in a 360° format!

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