Life-sized replica of van Gogh’s The Bedroom to rent on Airbnb for $10 a night


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Moving the art viewing experience from a linear surface to a three-dimensional environment, the Art Institute of Chicago is launching an interactive experience alongside their latest exhibition—entry to a full-size replica of Van Gogh’s painting The Bedroom. The room, available on AirBnB, includes all the details of the original painting, arranged in haphazard alignment to imitate the original room.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into the world of a famous painting? Well, the Art Institute of Chicago is offering the closest opportunity you'll ever have just in time for Valentine's Day. Adding even more color, dimension and perspective to their upcoming exhibition Van Gogh's Bedrooms, AIC used digital technology to create a life-sized replica of Vincent van Gogh's famous painting The Bedroom, a beloved depiction of a room in the Post-Impressionist's Yellow House in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. And for the next three months, art aficionados will be able to rent the room for just $10 a night through Airbnb.

The exhibition marks the first time all three versions of van Gogh’s The Bedroom will be on display simultaneously in North America. The first he painted in 1888, shortly after moving into Yellow House. Part of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum collection, the first painting suffered water damage, so he painted a replica while at an asylum in Saint-Rémy in 1889. And then he painted a smaller third version for his mother a sister. This is now on display at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

A digitally enhanced reconstruction of his bedroom allows viewers the chance to experience his state of mind and the physical reality of the space that so inspired him, while other enriching digital components bring to light significant recent scientific research on the three Bedroom paintings,” according to AIC. “The result is an innovative yet intimate look at one of the most beloved and often-misunderstood artists of all time.”

Located outside of the museum’s campus in Chicago’s River North neighborhood, the room, which will accommodate two guests, is likely to rent out soon. The exhibition runs through May 10, 2016.

+ Art Institute of Chicago / via Inhabitat

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