Monday, 3 May 2021

Imagine Van Gogh Vancouver is a Must Visit


Imagine Van Gogh is an immersive art experience that is currently open for viewing in Vancouver. When I first purchased my tickets - over a month ago! - I thought this would be a typical Art Gallery show in which original Van Gogh paintings would be on display. Definitely not a stereotypical art experience. They really take the immersive aspect to a whole new level. 

In his career, Van Gogh painted an staggering 900 pieces of work which is even more impressive considering he passed at the age of 37. Unfortunately many artists including Van Gogh did not gain fame until after their passing. His work is now valued millions of dollars. What I did not know was Van Gogh struggled with mental illness and spent a large part of his life in and out of hospitals. The exhibit starts with panels of information from which I learned so much about Van Gogh. 

After you have read through all the information you get to enter the main room. Classical music billows through the space as Van Gogh's life's work is projected onto massive walls as well as the floor! The scale of the projections is extraordinary and is what helps make the entire experience so immersive. Some panels would show zoomed in details of his work while others would be the piece in entirety. Honestly it is hard to describe the feeling of being in the room because you really are being surrounded be Van Gogh. 

Expect Van Gogh's iconic work like The Starry Night, Irises, Starry Night Over the Rhone and Vase with Twelve Sunflowers as well as his many self-portraits. But other less known paintings and sketches are also showcased like the many landscapes he did over his career and portraits of others and still life involving chairs. Maybe someone can explain to me why Van Gogh painted so many brown wooden chairs? 

It is nice to see that masterpieces of great artists like Van Gogh are being shared in new and imaginative ways. I want to say that Vancouver has never had an art exhibit like this before. If you are able to carve out 1 hour of time, do grab some tickets because I had fun! 

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