Past Event

Immerse yourself inside five famous paintings.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: every hour from 1 PM to 7 PM
*Please note that as of September 29, opening hours will be from 1 PM to 6 PM.

Regular: $16.50 ($13.50 on Tuesdays)
Seniors and students: $13.50
Groups of ten or more: $12.50 (school group packages available)
Taxes and fees included


*Please note that access to the VR Cinema is strictly reserved for people aged 13 and over.

The VR Cinema hosts five virtual reality short films that make up the VR Museum, a project of the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF). Breaking down the boundaries between digital art, cinema and painting, each VR experience comes alive and expresses itself to the spectators, allowing them to dive further into an imaginary and sensory universe that’s fed by the psyche of each painter.

Before purchasing tickets, please review our health and safety policy.

Unframed: Isle of the Dead, directed by Martin Charrière (Switzerland, 5 minutes, no dialogue)

Arnold Böcklin's The Isle of the Dead is probably one of the most internationally renowned Swiss paintings. Led by the irreverent Yann Marguet, this VR immersion in an artwork looks more like an acid trip than a museum tour.

Unframed: Intimacies, Felix Vallotton, directed by Martin Charrière (Switzerland, 7 minutes, no dialogue)

In 1898, Swiss artist Félix Vallotton produced a series of woodcuts entitled Intimités (“Intimacies”) which represent ten moments in the love life of famous Parisian pianist Misia Sert.

Condemned to Play, directed by Andrés Jarach and Gordon (France, 6 minutes, French or English)

Anna, Gerta, Victor and Jean are the characters in this virtual reality animation movie that offers a quirky immersion into the world of Pieter Brueghel the Elder.

A Bar at the Folies Bergère, directed by Gabrielle Lissot (France, 6 minutes, French or English)

A Bar at the Folies Bergères immerses us over four acts in Manet’s famous painting, inside the mind of the painter first, then his model, Suzon, then the client observing it and finally a visitor to the gallery where the work is exhibited.

The Bridge, directed by Nikita Shalenny (Ukraine/Denmark, 10 minutes, no dialogue)

Based on black and white watercolors by contemporary artist Nikita Shalenny, The Bridge is a deeply evocative artwork through forests, oil fields, abandoned churches and infinite oceans.

The only festival in Switzerland that covers at once the fields of cinema, television and digital art, GIFF has gradually introduced virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) into its digital programs since 2014. Today, it is the only Swiss platform to offer a real competition in the field of immersive narratives and experiments: VR, AR, mixed reality and fulldome films. In addition, its PLUGS program allows it to connect with a dozen partner events around the world each year.

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