HTC Vive to put a virtual reality spin on Tate Moderns Modigliani show

Modiglianis The Little Peasant. HTC Vive will bring a VR dimension to Tate Moderns exhibition of the artists work when it opens in November

HTC Vive is partnering with Tate Modern to bring a virtual reality (VR) experience to the upcoming Modigliani exhibition, which runs from 23 November 2017 until 2 April 2018.

The exhibition will feature an integrated VR experience on Vive, taking visitors deep into the artist’s world. Recreating elements of early twentieth century Paris, the experience will draw on archival material and new research to bring his historical context to life.

The city of Paris was vital to Modigliani and his move there from Italy in 1906 transformed his work. Using Vive’s immersive VR technology, visitors will be able to delve into the surroundings that shaped his art, revealing a fresh perspective into Modigliani’s life and influences.

“At the start of the 20th century, Modigliani was a pioneering force in art innovation, pushing boundaries and new possibilities which inspired his peers and contemporaries,” said HTC Vive GM, Europe, Paul Brown. “We see something similar at the start of the 21st century with VR, and with Vive we want to revolutionise the way people create and experience art. Our relationship with Tate is another step towards bringing people closer to art than ever before.”

The Tate Modern partnership is one of a number that Vive has struck with leading art venues and events around the world. Others include the Tribeca Film Festival, The Venice Biennale, Somerset House, and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Its first major project was titled Virtually Real, and featured works from contemporary students of the Royal Academy of the Arts. In a world-first, artworks were created entirely in virtual reality and then elements were 3D printed and displayed.