Immerse yourself with Van Gogh

My wife and I went for a second time yesterday to see the “Immersive Van Gogh” exhibit that has been making its way across the country. This time we took two of our adult children to experience it. They enjoyed it as much as we did. What is it?

It is a blend of wonderful music highlighting Van Gogh’s wonderful art as it appears slowly at times and explodes on occasion onto every wall of of a large exhibit room. The fact it is not a rectangular room aids to the viewing, as you could change your position on your bench seat (built for two or three) and see nooks of art or turn around and see a larger wall.

The viewing is of repetitive segments of about fifty feet long where the art comes alive. The immersive experience has the computer presented art actually moving, whether it is shimmering light on water from a town across the inlet or birds flying in the trees or people smoking in a room

Van Gogh was highly prolific in his art, I believe because he was a voracious painter. He had a self-portrait of the artist wearing a straw hat with lit candles around the brim, so he could paint at night. His paintings of fields of flowers are experienced in large viewing form, as well as his paintings of cafe scenes, empty streets, starry nights, and people. He captured people so well, showing that we are an imperfect lot, himself included.

The people in his scenes reveal an observant man. One of his series of paintings seem to be of men lined up to go into a mental asylum later revealing the less than inviting halls of the place. This is likely from his own experience as he spent time there of his own accord. I think that may be an additional reason for his appeal. He was both talented and tortured. While this song was not one that was played, I have always had a fondness for Don McLean’s “Vincent” which is also referred to as “Starry, starry night.”

If you get a chance, I encourage you to go see it. It lasts about fifty minutes, but the time passes easily. I attached a link which shows the various cities it has and will play. It will be here in Charlotte for the rest of the month.

21 thoughts on “Immerse yourself with Van Gogh

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Seem clips of it! Seems awesome!! … “It is a blend of wonderful music highlighting Van Gogh’s wonderful art as it appears slowly at times and explodes on occasion onto every wall of of a large exhibit room.”

  2. Note to Readers: One of the more memorable songs is: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” by Edith Piaf. For American TV watchers, a portion of the song is sung during a Dove commercial as a little girl ages to womanhood to octagenerian during the day. Hearing the entire song by such a talented artist is wonderful.

  3. I don’t know if the exhibit is still here, but I saw a lot of promotions and reviews.
    It does look incredible. As it premiered here during a spiking Covid phase, the venue had a space so massive that you could drive your cars in.
    I guess you could say it was a Van Gogh drive-in. Pretty great, I thought!

  4. oh Awesome Keith. So glad you went. I’ve heard great things but that people get dizzy. did you notice that. I saw they have it in S.F. with yoga.. I’m debating. I do love the art and the lovely song starry night. πŸ’–

  5. I think this exhibition is on its way to the west coast. A friend of mine is a Van Gogh groupie. I told her about it am sure she will make every effort to see it. It sounds fabulous.

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