The Studio: European Masterpieces come to life

 

For the duration of ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ (until 17 October 2021), experience 500 years of European art history by entering The Studio, located within the exhibition space at the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA).

The Studio offers an array of experiences — be surprised, delighted, challenged and entertained — whether through newly developed multimedia interactives or opportunities to draw from life. An immersive theatrical experience will transport you to historical Europe through the exhibition’s themes in distinct zones and vignettes. Draw using supplied materials, take inspiration from their surroundings to create your own work, then choose to share via SMS or Instagram for display on The Studio walls.

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Design concepts for The Studio

Exhibition designs for The Studio, inspired by the works in ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan
Museum of Art, New York’

The Studio comes to life

The Studio in ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Photographs: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA
Create your own masterpiece / Photograph: K Bennett © QAGOMA

Place yourself in ‘By the Seashore’ by Auguste Renoir

(left) Place yourself in By the Seashore by Auguste Renoir / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA / (Right) Auguste Renoir, France 1841–1919 / By the Seashore 1883 / Oil on canvas / 92.1 x 72.4cm / HO Havemeyer Collection, Bequest of Mrs HO Havemeyer, 1929 / 29.100.125 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Swoon to sounds that span 500 years

At the northern end of The Studio, our nod to the iconic Paris Opera is realised with a dramatic stage, adorned with mirrors and stylised theatre flats, activated daily with live performances from 11.00am until 1.00pm. Swoon to the sounds of student musicians from Griffith University’s Queensland Conservatorium as they perform a repertoire of Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic music that spans the 500 years of the exhibition itself.

The Paris Opera is activated daily in ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Photographs: Natasha Harth and Brad Wagner © QAGOMA

Draw from costumed models inspired  by artworks

At the southern end of The Studio, every afternoon from 1.30pm until 3.30pm, costumed models recreate scenes from three works in the exhibition: Johannes Vermeer’s Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670–72, Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s Broken Eggs 1756 and Marie Denise Villers’s Marie Josephine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) 1801, so that patrons can practise drawing similar scenes to those in the exhibition from life. In the central part of The Studio, still-life displays made with jewels, vessels, fruit and fabric are inspired by the works in the exhibition.

Costumed models recreate scenes from three works in the exhibition: Johannes Vermeer’s Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670–72, Jean-Baptiste Greuze’s Broken Eggs 1756 and Marie Denise Villers’s Marie Josephine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) 1801 / Photographs: Chloe Callistemon © QAGOMA

Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670–72

Johannes Vermeer, The Netherlands 1632–75 / Allegory of the Catholic Faith c.1670–72 / Oil on canvas / 114.3 x 88.9cm / The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931 / 32.100.18 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Broken Eggs 1756

Jean-Baptiste Greuze, France 1725–1805 / Broken Eggs 1756 / Oil on canvas / 73 x 94cm / Bequest of William K Vanderbilt, 1920 / 20.155.8 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Marie Josephine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) 1801

Marie Denise Villers France 1774–1821 / Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) 1801 / Oil on canvas / 161.3 x 128.6cm / Mr and Mrs Isaac D Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D Fletcher, 1917 / 17.120.204 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Animated screens bring artworks to life

In addition to these live activations, scenes from these European masterworks are enlarged and reproduced in the space via multimedia and graphic treatments. You are invited to peer into the distance to see a castle on a cliff in Lucas Cranach the Elder’s The Judgment of Paris c.1528 and to sit on the steps and inhabit the town square in front of Nicolas Poussin’s Saints Peter and John Healing the Lame Man 1655. Animated screens bring to life works by Alfred Sisley and Vincent van Gogh, while a recreation of Auguste Renoir’s By the Seashore 1883 will transport you to the sea side. An upscaled version of Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, France, will frame this experience.

An upscaled version of Claude Monet’s house in Giverny, France / Photograph: Chloe Callistemon © QAGOMA

Multimedia interactives

The Studio’s multimedia interactives provide opportunities to connect with paintings in the exhibition with special focuses on music, symbolism, and the connections between the artists. The words of Dante and Voltaire frame an interactive animation that explores the themes of fate and temptation. Embrace the allegory of love and music through five animated paintings, each equipped with motion sensors that trigger music produced in collaboration with students at the Conservatorium. Also developed through a local collaboration, the artist interactive uses a 3D model of the exhibition generated by QUT’s ViseR Lab to visualise networks of influence between the great artists of European history.

Mobile site

A mobile site accessible on personal devices within the space also provides fresh perspectives and pathways into the exhibition content. Themed tours are a key feature of the site: the tours can be followed along journeys that visit multiple artworks or used as individual bite-sized stops relating to single artworks. The site enables users to zoom in on artworks and symbols, access content from the Metropolitan Museum’s online collection and compare their own experiences with other visitors through interactive polls. Along with the contributions of QAGOMA volunteer guides in developing the the themed tours, the Gallery’s guiding community has also developed audio descriptions for visitors with vision impairment.

Multisensory experience

Pushing beyond the two-dimensionality of painting, a uniquely multisensory experience has been created through combining a sensory themed audio tour on the mobile site with two 3D renderings in the drawing room of The Studio. Visitors of all abilities are able to choose the sensory tour at the start of the exhibition and be guided through to tactile reworkings of Pieter Claesz’s Still Life with Skull and a Writing Quill 1628 and Auguste Renoir’s By the Seashore 1883.

This is a space designed for everyone: people of all ages, from lifelong art enthusiasts to first-time visitors, and we can’t wait for you to experience The Studio at European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’.

Tamsin Cull is Head of Public Engagement and Terry Deen is Head of Learning, QAGOMA

A mobile site is accessible on personal devices / Photograph: B Wagner © QAGOMA
Installation view of ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ featuring Rembrandt’s Flora c.1654 / Photograph: Natasha Harth © QAGOMA

This Australian-exclusive exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art from 12 June until 17 October 2021 is organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, in collaboration with the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Art Exhibitions Australia.

Featured image: (left) Costumed model recreates the scene from Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) / (right) Marie Denise Villers, France 1774–1821 / Marie Joséphine Charlotte du Val d’Ognes (died 1868) 1801 / Oil on canvas / 161.3 x 128.6cm / Mr and Mrs Isaac D Fletcher Collection, Bequest of Isaac D Fletcher, 1917 / 17.120.204 / Collection: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Comments

  1. Hi .
    Went today. Wonderful exhibition despite queuing for 50 minutes with pre bought tickets.
    What is the mobile number that I upload my sketch from the studio?
    Thank you and kind regards,
    Emma

  2. Hi Emma Jane, we’re glad to hear you enjoyed The Met exhibition and The Studio. You can submit your drawing either through Instagram #mydrawingGOMA or text to 0477 752 405. Best, QAGOMA

  3. Is there a way to find out which costumed models will be on which days, ahead of time? I am interested in drawing all three.

  4. Hi Jo. We have passed on your contact details to Membership, who will be in contact. Regards QAGOMA

  5. Hi to staff at GOMA. What happens to the costumes that the costumed models wear, after the exhibition has finished?
    Regards, Sandra.

  6. Does it cost to do the studio and do we bring our own drawing materials?
    Regards

  7. Hi Ronelle. ‘The Studio’ is located within the exhibition space of ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’. Here is a link to all the ticketing information. https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/european-masterpieces/ticket-information. This weekend is our Met Mega Weekend with the exhibition open 9.30am – 9.30pm on Sat 9 & Sun 10 October. The Bodhi Tree Terrace Bar is open 5.00-9.00pm with drinks & dining options. Draw using the materials supplied, no need to bring anything. We hope this helps. Regards QAGOMA

  8. Hi Sandra, the costumes will remain the property of QAGOMA & the Met. Thanks for asking and dipping into our blogs. Regards QAGOMA

  9. I would like to buy a copy of the catalogue book, is that possible. I did see two in a display case as we walked to the shop, would it be possible to buy on of those?

  10. Hi Carol. Thank you for your inquiry. Unfortunately the publication ‘European Masterpieces from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York’ is unavailable as it has just recently sold out. The display copies have already been allocated and are not for sale. Apologies, QAGOMA

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