Technology and inclusivity abound in Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition; it's old-world art with a modern perspective.
For some, planning a wedding is one of the most stressful things to do. If you happen to be LGBTQ, multiply that stress by 100. There is a lot to consider: catering, guest list, retail registration, and the most important thing: venue. All of these things, despite advances in the gay rights movement, are susceptible to prejudice among shop owners or even attendees.
But there is one destination wedding that's not only affordable and inclusive, it may also be traveling to your own backyard.
Thanks to SEE Global Entertainment, a new touring exhibit of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, allows couples of all types to tie the knot under one of history's most astonishing artistic achievements.
"We have been so moved by the number of proposals and weddings we have already seen take place at our exhibitions across North America," says the CEO of SEE Global Entertainment, Martin Biallas.
The original artwork, done by Michelangelo, is located in Vatican City in Rome, Italy; the Catholic cultural center of the world. It is a theocratic society overseen by the Pope.
Since his enthronement in 2013, Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio has given mixed messages about the church's acceptance of LGBTQ people. Back in May 2013, he famously stated, "Who am I to judge?" when it came to his stance on the community. Since then he's given a resounding "negative" when asked if Catholic Clergypersons have the power to bless gay unions.
So a destination gay wedding at The Vatican is probably not at the top of your list. However, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is currently bringing the chapel to a city near you in a unique and inclusive jaw-dropping exhibit.
The display is a highly detailed photographic rendering of the original works broken into 34 licensed high-definition pieces using technology that allows guests to see every nuance right down to the brush strokes.
This immersive experience is coupled with a rentable audio tour and display placards that delve into the history of the work and why it's so important today.
The tour beings in Los Angeles until November 14, 2022, before heading to San Diego and San Francisco. From there it begins a worldwide tour with more stops in the U.S., Europe and beyond.
For those who feel lucky and might consider having their wedding at Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, there's good news. Organizers are having a contest in which a lucky couple will win a free hosted wedding beneath the frescoes for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"It is only right that the next step to take is to offer this unique and special opportunity to all couples, inclusive of the LGBTQ+ community who has faced an unfathomable number of challenges and setbacks around the right to marriage and civil union," Biallas said.
The sweepstakes start Friday, October 8, and the winner will be announced on November 1, 2021. Click HERE to find out more.
Immersive pop-up art exhibits are becoming more and more popular in recent years. With the success of shows such as the interdimensional Meow Wolf experience and the Van Gogh exhibition, people are getting a taste of culture made from a modern medium.
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition is the latest of these technological advances which might make for a novel wedding venue to create an experience for the ages and likely something no one will ever forget.
A message from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition organizers about Health, Safety & Covid-19:
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Exhibition is true to size, hands-free, and perfect for our socially distant yet innovative world.
We are committed to the safety of our guests and staff and will follow all mandates directed by the Douglas County Health Department and CDC recommendations. We recommend all individuals over the age of 2, regardless of vaccination status, bring and wear a mask or appropriate face covering at all times when not actively eating or drinking.
This exhibit is suitable for all audiences and relies on a spacious area where Michelangelo's masterpieces stretch floor-to-ceiling and closer than ever. In addition to timed ticketing to limit capacity and physical distancing guidelines provided by public health administrators, visitors are encouraged to wear a mask while inside the exhibit.
Guests may anticipate changes to concession procedures and varying mask requirements based on protocols determined by an event organizer or promoter.
For show dates and locations on Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition click HERE.
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