Art Exhibition Puts A High-Tech Spin On Dutch Masterpieces [Pics]

Art Exhibition Puts A High-Tech Spin On Dutch Masterpieces [Pics]

Artists Rob and Nick Carter collaborate with MPC to recreate art pieces as digital paintings and 3D sculptures.

Leah Gonzalez
  • 1 october 2013

Creative VFX studio MPC and British artists Rob and Nick Carter collaborated on the exhibition, Rob and Nick Carter: Transforming, a collection of digital paintings and 3D sculptures that are actually reinventions of Dutch masterpieces.

The exhibition consists of four digital paintings that come to life in front of the viewers’ eyes and two bronze sculptures that were created via 3D modeling and printing. The exhibit also includes an interactive installation that takes visitors behind the scenes of how the art works were created.

The focus of the exhibition is the art piece Transforming Still Life Painting (2012), a digital painting that brings to life Vase With Flowers, a 1618 oil painting by Dutch Golden Age master Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder. The piece is a three-hour animated time-lapse sequence that depicts the painted scene from early morning to night. The piece has been accepted into the Mauritshuis collection and is on permanent display at the Manchester Museum of Art.


The artists and the studio created three more digital paintings based on famous masterpieces. Transforming Vanitas Painting (2012-2013) is a digital painting based on Bosschaert’s 1630 oil on copper Dead Frog with Flies. The piece shows the last few minutes of the frog’s life and its decomposition. Transforming Nude Painting (2013) is a digital painting based on Giorgione’s Sleeping Venus. The piece takes viewers through the scene where Venus sleeps from the day through the night. Transforming Diptych (2013) is based on the work by Justus Juncker (1765) and depicts two separate paintings with interconnected backgrounds.

Joining the digital paintings are the bronze sculptures Sunflowers (2013), which is based on Vincent Van Gogh’s masterpiece, and Black Tulip (2013), a piece based on a 1643 watercolor painting of a red tulip by Judith Leyster.


The art exhibition is another great way of showing how technology has the power to reinvent and recreate traditional art pieces into stunning modern artworks.

MPC // Rob and Nick Carter

Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Still Life (2012), After Ambrosius Bosschaert The Elder’s Vase with Flowers in a Window (1618), in collaboration with MPC. Framed and Apple iMac, Edition of 12 with 5 Artist Proofs
Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Vanitas Painting (2012-2013), After Ambrosius Bosschaert The Younger’sDead Frog with Flies (c.1630), in collaboration with MPC, 21.5 inch screen, Apple iMac, frame, Edition of 12 with 5 Artist Proofs
Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Diptych (2013), After Justus Juncker’s (1765), in collaboration with MPC, 2 works conjoined by random events, framed iPads, Edition of 12, 5 AP 
Rob and Nick Carter, Transforming Nude Painting (2013), After Giorgone’s The Sleeping Venus (1510), in collaboration with MPC. 2.5 hour looped film, Apple iMac, Framed, Edition of 12, 5 AP
Rob and Nick Carter, Black Tulip (2013), After Judith Leyster (1643), in collaboration with MPC , Black-patinated bronze, Edition of 12, 5 AP
Rob and Nick Carter, Sunflowers (2013), After Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1888), in collaboration with MPC, Patinated bronze, Edition of 12, 5 AP

Lyft Gives Free Rides To Those Who Have Had Too Much To Drink

Syndicated Yesterday

Banned Books Week Urges People To Seek Out Controversial Works

Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel called for 'more information, more voices' to protect diversity

Augmented & Virtual Reality Yesterday

Outdoor Camp Presented In 360° VR By X Games Gold Medalist

The video features campers riding BMX trails, zip lining through the woods, and performing big-air jumps


Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Travel Yesterday

Boeing Wants Passengers To Control Their In-Flight Experience Through Their Phones

The airline manufacturer is embracing automation through a new generation of mobile travel apps

Augmented / Virtual Reality Yesterday

VR Surgery Videos Offer Interactive Medical Education

Dutch startup MDLinking hopes to globalize communication between students and medical care professionals with virtual reality content

Related Expert

Jag Bath

Discount Retail

Culture Yesterday

Use Twitter To Learn A New Language

tDict is an app that uses the social media platform to help you search for words in local dialects

Mobile Yesterday

This Startup Wants To Digitize The Loose Coins In Your Pocket

CoinOut is a new app that lets you save your extra change from cash transactions as electronic funds

Advertising Yesterday

McDonald’s Is Accepting Trash As Currency In Exchange For Burgers

An initiative in Stockholm is trying to keep streets clean while satisfying hunger


Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry

PSFK Op-Ed september 23, 2016

Productivity Expert: The Magic Of The Five-Hour Workday

Stephan Aarstol, Founder of Tower Paddle Boards, explains why the modern notion of office hours needs to evolve

PSFK Labs september 22, 2016

The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

Culture Yesterday

Google Is Using Virtual Paper Airplanes To Bring People Closer Together

The tech giant released an app that lets people throw their good wishes out into the world on the International Day of Peace

Advertising Yesterday

Get Paid For Traveling In San Francisco After Rush Hour

BART Perks rewards commuters who take early or late trains by giving them extra points to trade for money

Culture Yesterday

Artist Designs Covers For Books That Don’t Exist

Published by the fictional 'Specious Books,' the subversive works facilitate a conversation regarding the artistic integrity of graphic designers

Work Yesterday

Editorial Roundtable: The Arrival Of The People-First Workplace

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX enumerate the reasons why companies need an employee-embracing workforce in order to exist

Food Yesterday

Bringing Food Innovation To America’s Crowded Milk Market

a2 Milk's Blake Waltrip, Chief Executive of the USA region, discusses how the distributor plans on bringing the popular drink for the dairy-sensitive to the States


Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders

Financial Services Yesterday

Device Makes Digital Currency Feel Tangible

The concept gadget wants you to experience the highs and lows of spending money

Design & Architecture Yesterday

Why Building Better Offices Is The Key To Employee Engagement

Interaction Designer and Audio-visual Technologist at ESI Design illustrates the value in creating environments filled with surprise and delight

Augmented / Virtual Reality Yesterday

NBC Is Planning To Stream The Presidential Debates In Virtual Reality

Partnering with AltspaceVR, the broadcaster offers another way for Americans to engage with the election season

No search results found.