Monet in Paris brings the most iconic impressionist paintings to Brisbane

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Grande Experiences who brought us Van Gogh Alive now presents Monet in Paris – The French Impressionists Alive brings iconic impressionist works to Australian audiences in Brisbane. We chat to Grande Experiences founder and CEO, Bruce Peterson.

Monet in Paris

Hi Bruce, we spoke about 2 years ago before Van Gogh Alive came to Adelaide for the inaugural Illuminate Adelaide festival. You’re currently showing a new immersive experience in Brisbane, which is related to the works of the French impressionists called Monet in Paris – The French Impressionists Alive. Can you please tell us about this experience?

Monet in Paris is a multi-sensory experience focused on the works of the renowned French painter, Claude Monet and accompanied by some of the world’s most fearless artists of their time including Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and many more. This rich, dynamic display of light, colour, sound and fragrance brings the masterpieces of these impressionists to life and is presented under the Grande Pavilion, a massive 2600sqm mini Paris.


The experience features more than 800 individual artworks, with the centrepiece of the experience an immersive, entire-gallery takeover of Monet’s renowned painting, ‘Woman with a Parasol’. It also includes a recreation of his bridge over waterlilies, a wonderful infinity garden room with 10,000 flowers and fully themed café and retail areas. Unique, revealing, and inspiring, Monet in Paris journeys through the most influential and fascinating period in modern art with curated aromas and a synchronised soundtrack including Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Ravel and Offenbach.

Femme à l'ombrelle
Monet’s “Woman with a Parasol”

Apart from the fact that the works and artist are different, how does Monet in Paris differ from Van Gogh Alive?

Van Gogh and Claude Monet were both influential artists, but they had distinct differences in their artistic styles, approaches and personal lives. Van Gogh Alive is centred around the post-Impressionist artist known for his expressive brushwork and vivid colours while on the other hand, Monet in Paris highlights Claude Monet’s mastery of capturing light and nature.


The experiences themselves are totally different. Van Gogh Alive delves into the life, emotions, and creative process of Vincent van Gogh, and provides insight into his personal struggles and artistic development. Monet in Paris immerses visitors into the beauty of Monet’s and a dozen other French Impressionist paintings and the ambience of Paris to create a serene and dreamlike experience.


Where will Monet in Paris tour to after Brisbane?

Monet in Paris is currently showing in Northshore Brisbane until Sunday 27 August. We are yet to announce the next city but stay tuned – it is touring Australia!


Prior to opening in Brisbane, you wrapped up your other Monet experience, Monet and Friends at The Lume digital art gallery in Melbourne that your company Grande Experiences owns and operates. For those who have visited Monet and Friends, how does Monet in Paris compare? Is it the same experience under a different name?

Monet & Friends at THE LUME Melbourne and Monet in Paris for all intent and purpose is the same experience, presented under different brand names The content is the same and the experience will have an interpretive area, Monet’s Bridge, SENSORY4 Multisensory Gallery, retail, interactive drawing room, sponsor activation and café/bar. Van Gogh Alive and Monet in Paris is toured by our licensee Andrew Kay & Associates.

Monet’s bridge

In Monet in Paris you’re showcasing the following artists and their works: Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. What criteria did you use to choose which works would be included in the experience and which wouldn’t?

We wanted to focus on the most iconic artworks – the art that people travel the world to see and bring it right to their doorstep. The first thing we do is establish a story structure – how we group themes and artists together. From there, we select individual pieces that best illustrate that story, and help tell the broader story of a given artist as an overall experience, as we would with projection as our medium.


We know from experience that bright, colourful images work best, so we seek out those as our preference. We also favour high-quality digital images, over poor-quality reproductions. Our team review each individual image for its suitability, as when it’s projected to the size of a building, the medium can be unforgiving! The end result is a beautifully clear image that in some cases can reveal the tiniest details – allowing our visitors to see more than imagined.


Where are the original works which you digitised for the experience housed?

The images are sourced from individual art museums and institutions from around the world. Most museums that have a piece in their collection, will have undertaken a process of museum-quality digitisation as part of their preservation process. This results in exceptionally high-quality digital files being available. Monet and other leading French impressionists’ work is highly regarded among some of the world’s leading museums.

Monet in Paris
The ceiling of the infinity garden room 

How do you digitise the works in such fine detail without damaging them?

As above – part of conservation work. The biggest issue for our creative team was finding images that are of high enough resolution to be used in the experience. We can’t just pull the images from Google, we’re projecting them onto towering walls and floors, up to 4 storeys high, so the actual foundation assets have to be very high resolution and appropriately scaled. We are very careful to match to the original artwork as closely as possible and avoid excessive manipulation that could distort the artwork’s appearance.


Just as with Van Gogh Alive, the experience doesn’t just show the works on a large digital scale, it also tells the story of the artists and the art movement within which they worked. What appealed to you about the impressionists?

I think what appealed to me about the French Impressionists was the way they challenged the traditional artistic norms of their time. They sought to capture fleeting moments, the effects of light, and the immediate impressions of their subjects, introducing a fresh and innovative approach to art which is what we at Grande Experiences do. The French Impressionists and their works had a profound impact on the art world. Their willingness to challenge conventions and explore new artistic avenues paved the way for future generations of artists to experiment and push boundaries. This was a turning point in the evolution of art and went on to influence subsequent movements such as post-impressionism, Favism, and even elements of modern and contemporary art.

Monet in Paris

Why should people attend Monet in Paris – The French Impressionists Alive?

One of the unique things about Monet in Paris’ is that it appeals to both art aficionados who are seeking a deeper understanding of Claude Monet’s artistic legacy, as well as those who might be seeing the French Impressionists’ work for the first time. The way we bring art to life makes it more accessible to a wider audience. Leveraging our creative storytelling techniques, we created an immersive experience that engages the senses and emotions of visitors. Monet in Paris offers a unique and enriching experience, allowing you to connect with the Impressionists’ artistic genius and explore the beauty and innovation of their timeless artworks.

We thank Bruce Peterson for this interview and hope to see Monet in Paris – The French Impressionists Alive when it tours.



WHAT: Monet in Paris – The French Impressionists Alive

WHERE: Le Grand Palais, Northshore Brisbane, Hamilton

WHEN: until 27 August 2023

Opening hours:

  • Monday: 10.00am – 7.00pm
  • Tuesday: 10.00am – 7.00pm
  • Wednesday: 10.00am – 7.00pm
  • Thursday: 10.00am – 7.00pm
  • Friday: 10.00am – 8.30pm
  • Saturday: 9.00am – 8.30pm
  • Sunday: 9.00am – 6.00pm

NOTE: Last session times are scheduled one (1) hour prior to closing time.

HOW: Purchase your tickets (timed and dated or undated) via the official ticket vendor, Ticketek

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Adult $54.00
  • Concession $49.00
  • Child 2-15 Years $39.00

Monet in Paris

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It’s time for the Bûche de Noël 2021

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You’ve been asking where you can purchase a Bûche de Noël 2021. This article gives you the answer!


The Bûche de Noël is a traditional French Christmas cake served at the end of the Christmas meal that resembles a log. 


It is traditionally a sponge cake that is rolled and filled and iced with chocolate buttercream. However, patissiers now create Bûche de Noël  in many different flavour combinations.


The Bûche is then decorated with powdered sugar, to represent snow, and little berries, mushrooms (to represent things found in the forest) usually made of meringue or marzipan.



Bûche means log in French (and Noël is Christmas) and the cake symbolises the log that in previous times were burned in the fireplace during the Christmas period (remember it’s cold in Europe this time of year). 

There are various theories about why the logs were burned varying from that they were to ward off bad luck and darkness or to ensure a good harvest. Beliefs included that ash from the log protected against lightning strikes, and coals from the burned log were used throughout the year in various medicinal potions.


As houses moved away from hearths towards more modern ovens for cooking, the log moved from something that was burned to something that was confectioned and savoured instead. A far more accessible and yummier Christmas tradition! 


Read on to find out which French patisseries are making the Bûche de Noël in 2021. 





Les Deux Coqs

Les Deux Coqs has 2 flavours for its Bûche de Noel 2021:

  • traditional “Bûche de Noel”, made with crème brulée filling, Chocolate génoise & Caramel Mousse
  • inspired from the best seller lemon meringue tart. It is made with Lemon Mousse, Raspberry coulis, génoise base & generous Meringue.


It is available in one size which serves 8-10 people and costs $59.


Orders can be made via this link.


The bûches de noël will be available from 9 December.   


Mulot’s Pâtisserie

Mulot’s Bûche de Noël 2021 is available in several flavours: coffee, hazelnut, chestnut, chocolate, Cointreau, grand marnier.


Sold by weight at $80per kilo. 


Sunday 19th of December is the last day to order for Christmas Eve collection. 


Sucre Patisserie

Sucre Patisserie has two different Bûches.

In the woods

Chuncho (from Peru) dark chocolate mousse, with sour cherries, vanilla crème, chocolate brownie, encased in a crisp dark chocolate shell. Dusted wit cocoa powder, chocolate amanita muscaria (mushrooms) & holly.

Coconut, Lime & Lemongrass

Lime & coconut pavlova rolled with lemongrass mousse, finished with fresh vanilla Chantilly cream, decorated with edible cornflower & calendula flower petals, candied lime zest & gold leaf.


Both Bûches de Noël serve 8- 12 people. They need to be pre ordered and are only available on the 23rd& 24th December, cut off date to order will be the 21st December.





Chouquette is offering the Bûche de Noël 2021 in three flavours each of which serves 6 people. 



The Rustic Bûche

Génoise sponge with lemon curd and hazelnut praline buttercream, rolled in chopped hazelnuts. 





The Fruity Bûche (Gluten Free)

Pistachio dacquoise, white chocolate rice crisp layer, raspberry coulis core and vanilla cheesecake mousse with mirror glaze finish. 



The Chocolate Bûche

Dark chocolate & orange rice crisp base, ginger sponge layer and chocolate-orange mousse with mirror glaze finish.


Pre-ordering is essential as the Bûche are only made to order and are not sold in the shop window! The Bûche will be for pick up on Christmas Eve (Friday 24th December) or for a prearranged date in December. 


Pre-orders are open now and close on Sunday 19th December. Orders are strictly limited and the Bûche may sell out prior to orders closing on 19th Dec. 




Jean Pascal Pâtisserie

Jean-Pascal Patisserie has a few flavours for the Bûche de Noël 2021:

  • vanilla
  • chocolate
  • as well as a more exotic flavour to be announced soon.


The Bûche de Noël 2021 will be available for the 7 days leading up to Christmas. 

Order yours now on (03) 6228 4040.







Their Bûche de Noël 2021 is available in 3 flavours:

  • Chocolate (butter cream)
  • Praline (Butter cream)
  • Cherry (Cherry mousse, pistachio crémeux, almond biscuit)



And in 3 sizes:

  • Individual ($7.90)
  • 6 people ($36)
  • 10 people ($54)


Pre-orders with 1 week’s notice are preferable.




Gateaux by Marc Frissard

Three different Bûche de Noël 2021 available. Order them in store or by telephone on 9521977.


Millstone Patisserie

Millstone’s Bûche de Noël 2021 comes in one size: 13 inch (10 serves ). It is comprised of chocolate sponge, chestnut & vanilla mascarpone cream, sour cherries. It is available in a 13 inch size which serves 10 people and costs $110


Millstone will be open until the 24th of December with a daily selection of Christmas goodies, pastries and other delicious products.

Pre-order by 17 December via the website


Mosaic Pâtisserie

The Bûche de Noël 2021 from Mosaic Patisserie is comprised of almond Sponge, caramelised peanut butter mousse, butter scotch caramel & milk chocolate mousse topped with crunchy peanuts

It serves 6 to 8 persons but is also available in individual sizes.

Pre-order yours quickly because they will only make a limited number.

To order, please click this Ordermentum platform link , send them an email at [email protected] or call them on 0395873007. For next day delivery the cut off for next day delivery is 1pm Monday to Friday.


Pierrick Boyer

Buche de Noel 2021The Bûche de Noël 2021 is available in two sizes: individual ($9.50), and medium, which can serve 8-10 people ($58)

It is available in 2 versions.


Xmas Yule Log 

Chocolate and coffee sponge, coffee syrup, vanilla mascarpone cream and speculaas crumble (NF).


Reverie Christmas cake

Coconut sponge, mixed berry confit, Pistachio crémeux, White chocolate mousse, Raspberry / Pistachio Chantilly.


Pierrick Boyer’s bûches de noël 2021 are available until 30th December.




Sucre du Jour

The bûche de noël 2021 from Sucre du jour is available in two flavours to serve up to 10 people:


  • Arabica – Mocha and Caramel ( Nut-Free )
  • White Christmas – Coconut and Mandarin




Their bûches de noël cost $78.

They will be available until 17th December, only via pre-order with at least 1 day’s notice. You can pre-order online, via Instagram messaging or by phone call. .





Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie

There are 5 flavours available for their bûches de noël in 2021:

  • Praline
  • Chocolate/Grand Marnier
  • Chestnut
  • Kirsch
  • Chocolate 

They are available in 3 sizes: 12cm 21cm and 27cm


Available from 17th December. Pre-ordering is recommended and can be done via their website


French Sweet

The details for French Sweet’s Bûche de Noël 2021 aren’t ready at the time of publishing but they will be doing one.


Père Bakery

They are selling a Bûche de Noël for $56. It is chocolate sponge filled with chocolate custard and raspberries. 


They ask that you order in store, or phone 92934345 or email [email protected]



Wild Bakery

Wild Bakery have a gluten free, chocolate, cherry and mascarpone Bûche de Noël 2021 available now for $59, orders on website till sold out.




La Maison du Pâtissier Éric et Françoise

 The Bûche de Noël 2021 comes in two different flavours: 

  • Chocolate Bûche, with a rich chocolate flavour that reminds Éric et Françoise of a white Christmas back home 
  • Gluten free mango, coconut and passionfruit Bûche, inspired by a Sunshine Coast summer 

Buche de Noel 2021

Direct message them to pre-order for Christmas 




Flo Viennoiserie

This year, they have 5 Bûches de Noël, in a single size to serve 6- 8 people.

  • Traditional coffee: made with a rolled sponge soak with coffee espresso, buttery coffee cream and a chocolate ganache to balance the coffee.
  • Chocolate: A dark 55% Belgian chocolate mousse, a vanilla from Madagascar cream brulée, a layer of crunchy hazelnut praline and 2 almond dacquoise biscuit.
  • Coco/Mango: A coconut mousse, mango and Passion fruit cream in the middle and 2 layer of coconut Dacquoise biscuit.
  • Mont Blanc: chestnut mousse, vanilla mascarpone chantilly, hazelnut dacquoise biscuit
  • Mille-feuille: Made with 3 layer of caramelised puff pastry and a light buttery vanilla cream with a lot of fresh fruit on top.

Buche de Noel 2021

Their bûches are only available for pre-order for collection from 18 to 25 December via their website.


Ganache Patisserie

Ganache Patisserie’s Bûche de Noël 2021 come in 3 flavours and 2 sizes:

  • Small (serves 6-8)
  • Large (serves 8-10)

They are open daily from 7 December until Christmas.


Le Breton

There are 5 flavours to choose from:

  • Chocolat moelleux Ganache grand marnier  , 
  • Chocolat Ganache fresh Raspberries cream center , 
  • Coffee Moka , 
  • Hazelnut , 
  • Black forest

You can pre order the Bûche de Noël now for collection on Christmas Eve. It is available in 3 sizes: 

  • Small 6 personnes $35.00 
  • moyenne 10 personnes $51.00 
  • Large 16 personnes $60.00 


Madame & Yves

Madame & Yves have two Bûches de Noël 2021:


Chocolate Caramel Bûche de Noël

Calling all chocolate lovers: a rich, decadent, multi-textural and full powered chocolate dessert, complemented by salted caramel. This chocolate Bûche de Noël is made with 62% and 70% Valrhona chocolate. Valrhona is a French chocolate, and considered by most to be the best chocolate in the world.


The Chocolate Caramel Bûche is available in the traditional “log” shape to serve 4, 8 or 12. Prices range from $29 to $86 for the traditional shape. A custom square version to serve 20 is also available and costs $128.


Madame & Yves recommend you also try it first: individual slices of this Bûche are also available!


“Tropique” Frozen Bûche de Noël

This featured frozen Bûche is the same frozen entremets recipe that Yves took to the World Pastry Cup in 2019 (yes, there really is one)! Very light and refreshing, with a tropical summer sensibility…yet creamy. The flavour combination is a sure crowd pleaser, featuring the most preferred flavours around the world: coconut dacquoise, mango creamy, coconut ice cream, raspberry sorbet and lime mousse. 

What’s your favourite Bûche De Noël flavour? Have you ever tried to make one?


If you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas with a French theme, take a look at the following articles:

French Christmas gifts for everyone on your list!

Gift vouchers for French Restaurants and Cafés in Australia



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