A journey through the world of Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings in virtual reality

De Profundis is a fully immersive, three-dimensional experience allowing the viewer to explore the internal of selected works made by this famous painter. The idea behind the project is to provide art lovers with a new form of interaction with art. VR goggles isolate the participants from their surroundings to set off on a personal journey into the depths of a painting.

CLIENT: Własna realizacja
PLATFORM: Oculus, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR
ENGINE: Unreal Engine 4


During an 8-minute projection, the user can see a virtual gallery of Zdzisław Beksiński’s best-known paintings and immerse in surrealistic sceneries inspired by four of them. The journey is accompanied by ambient music and sounds of the environment, which makes it even more real.


The project was created in 2014 and it was the first application in the world to blend traditional painting with virtual reality. Since that time, there have been almost 32,000 individual projections in culture institutions and art galleries in Poland and abroad. In holiday season, projections are available on a fixed basis in the Historical Museum in Sanok at the biggest gallery of Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings in the world. The application represented Poland in the category of audiovisual art as part of Vienna Design Week 2018 and was the only Polish production screened in the first Polish virtual cinema – Multikino VR Złote Tarasy. De Profundis – Beksiński VR is the only VR application approved by Beksiński Gallery in Sanok to accompany exhibitions of original paintings by the artist.


So far, we have visited such institutions and events as:   Historical Museum in Sanok Polish Museum of America w Chicago, Warsaw Public Library, The Jagiellonian University Museum Collgium Maius, The National Museum in Szczecin, Vienna Design Week, The Second Museum of Beksiński in Częstochowa Beksiński Gallery NCK Lublin Museum, Art Gallery of Płock, Marek Grechuta Festival in Świnoujście, Multikino VR Złote Tarasy in Warsaw


During the first edition of the VR Warsaw Day conference in November 2016, De Profundis was awarded VR for Art for the best art experience based on virtual reality. Project website: