Immersive ‘Imagine Picasso’ Exhibit Launches SF Tour

“Imagine Picasso,” a massive immersive multimedia experience that transports visitors to the astonishing realm of Pablo Picasso, makes its U.S. premiere Feb. 9 in San Francisco.

The exhibition is based on more than 200 images of works by the great artist, ranging from the Blue and Rose periods to Picasso’s masterpieces in the Surrealist and Cubist movements. The images are combined with a mix of “educational moments, thoughtful stage design and tasteful musical chords that bring the pieces to life,” according to a press release.

It definitely seems like the organizers picked the right place to host this kind of immersive exhibit, given that the Skylight at the Armory is a 40,000 square foot venue with 80 foot vaulted ceilings. This setting allows images to be projected onto giant origami structures – which are inspired by the late work of Picasso – measuring up to 26 feet.

The Bay Area has been ground zero for the immersive art phenomenon. Two popular Vincent van Gogh exhibits that have passed through the area recently – ‘Immersive Van Gogh’ and ‘Beyond Van Gogh’ – might definitely want to check out ‘Imagine Picasso’. The Asian Art Museum is hosting the lush, immersive and interactive “TeamLab: Continuity” through February (asianart.org) and the San Jose Art Museum is showing filmmaker’s immersive video installation “Factory of the Sun,” German Hito Steyerl, on display until September. (sjmusart.org.)

The exhibition runs from February 9 to March 27. Tickets start at $39.99 for adults (kids 5 and under), imagine-picasso.com.

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