The immersive nature of virtual reality (VR) has allowed artists and content creators to explore and develop brand new ways of learning and teaching ideas through interactive means. Now Goodby Silverstein & Partners has created the ‘Dreams of Dali’ VR experience which is opening this weekend and based on the famous Spanish artist Salvador Dalí.

Dreams of Dali focuses on the artist’s famous 1935 painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s “Angelus”, and is part of a new exhibition launching at the Salvador Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. The experience is part for an overall exhibition called ‘Disney and Dalí: Architects of the Imagination.’

Using an Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) will be transported inside the painting, being able to move around and explore the fully realised virtual world. Walk around the towering sculptures, go inside and view from the top the expansive vistas on offer.

This could be helpful in the Thematic Area 4 of the ViMM project, because experiences like this are very interesting and innovative. With the help of Virtual Reality, the visitors of the museum can enter the painting and explore its contents in detail. Because of the full immersion that Virtual Reality provides, the visitors will feel like they are really inside the painting, enhancing the feeling of presence. This makes the exploration of an art museum more fun and interesting and as a result, this can increase the number of visitors, which will help in the preservation of cultural heritage.