Immersive Van Gogh Exhibition Makes its Debut in the U.S
Opening at the Salvador Dalí Museum in Florida, the multi-sensory touring exhibition Van Gogh Alive was made available in the U.S for the first time on November 21. Following the success in Asia, Europe, and Australia, the Vincent Van Gogh exhibition pays homage to the Dutch post-impressionist by projecting digitized paintings for people to see.
The 40-minute multi-sensory exhibition follows Van Gogh’s career using 35 projectors, a musical score, and more than 3,000 images of his most famous paintings on 360-degree screens. His most well-known painting will make an appearance, which includes Starry Night, Sunflowers, Almond Blossoms, and Tree Roots believed to be the last painting he worked on before his suicide.
“It’s going to be dynamic and absolutely moving,” said Dali Museum director Hank Hine. With Van Gogh, he tries to use these vigorous brush strokes to emulate the energy that he perceives in the world, and these keyed-up colors, the yellows, and oranges, and incredibly dark blues. In the same way, Dali tries to pry open what’s really going on in the world by showing things that are impossible and yet are convincingly there.”
Curated by Grande Experiences of Australia, the exhibition received projection mapping technology to display photos on the walls and floors of the Hough Family wing.
Due to the pandemic, masks are required to be worn at all times. Social distancing will be enforced as well as cleaning procedures. Also, the capacity was reduced to 50 percent. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
“Those familiar with Van Gogh will see his works in a brand-new way,” Hine said. “[It] explores the underlying changes in Van Gogh’s state of mind and shifting emotional states through sound and movement, something that may not be as easily understood through a painting alone”.
The first immersive display of Van Gogh’s exhibition in the U.S will be at the Dalí through April 11, 2021.