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Is larger better? - The impact of scale.

Is larger better? - The impact of scale.

Large scale art is more than just a painting that happens to be oversized. Its impact is deliberate and it is meant to overwhelm, command a space, and dwarf everything else that comes near it.

Scale cannot guarantee that the art is better, but what we can say for sure is that large scale art plays on being more immersive as an experience for the viewers.


1. Van Gogh- Infinity des lumières


Van Gogh’s famous artwork pulses with life, as a spectacular, one-of-a-kind experience. Through pioneering digital technology, vibrant colours and delicate shapes waltz and swirl to mesmerizing music, moving ingeniously across expansive, innovative spaces, captivating all your senses.


2. La Fée Electricité by Raoul Dufy-The Paris Museum Of Modern Art

This massive mural by Raoul Dufy depicts the history of electricity across approximately 200 feet of wall space.


3. The mirror infinity room by Yayoi Kusama

The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away is, perhaps, the signature Kusama installation and offers viewers, who enter the mirrored room alone in 20 second time slots, an out-of-body experience created through repetition and light. Kusama's mirror infinity rooms are permanently housed in various museums in the USA, Japan and China.


4. Cy Twombly- Gallery at the Menil

Untitled (Say Goodbye, Catullus, to the Shores of Asia Minor),is more than fifty-two feet long and composed of three separate canvases. “One is overwhelmed by its size at first, but then by how much there is to see. One chooses either intimacy and detail or scale and sweep. … I simply returned again and again. I sat on the wooden bench opposite the painting. I paced along the painting’s edge, a border, a river, a church; I waited. I wanted to be changed.”- Chalk: The Art and Erasure of Cy Twombly


5. Water lilies by Monet- MoMA, NY

The paintings depict Monet's flower garden at his home in Giverny, and were the main focus of his artistic production during the last thirty years of his life.


Tell us in comments which of these installations you would like to visit some day?


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