Van Gogh Alive

Get up close and personal with the legendary Dutch artist in a thrilling new immersive exhibition. Peter Gray reports

Van Gogh exhibitions, as it turns out, are a bit like buses. None for ages, and then two  arrive at once. The immersive experience has been documented elsewhere on this site but this article focuses on the Van Gogh Alive exhibition. 

“Prepare to transcend time and space as you accompany Van Gogh on a journey through the Netherlands, Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise” says the blurb for the show on the VGA website.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“Set to an evocative classical score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms every surface that surrounds you in what has been described as an “unforgettable multi-sensory experience”.

It all sounds incredibly impressive and even though the exhibition cannot quite live up to its title boast – Van Gogh is still very much dead – the show certainly has much going got it.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Hosted within a purpose-built venue within Kensington Gardens, Van Gogh Alive takes a bolder and much more modern approach to the art exhibition, with the artist’s work expanding to fill the exhibition space.

No, this is not simply another dry art exhibition but instead a spectacular multimedia art experience which combines high definition projections of Van Gogh’s paintings with digital surround sound. The images are breathtaking and rendered on such a large scale that visitors are able to pick out details that would have previously went unseen. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Van Gogh Alive has been developed with the use of SENSORY4™. A unique technological system that combines multi-channel motion graphics, cinema quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors, the technology offers one of the most exciting multi-screen environments in the world.

If you feel a bit peckish during the show, the exhibition has arranged a delicious array of food and drink options, courtesy of the in house “Café Provençale”.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Van Gogh Alive will run between the 4th of June and the 26th of September 2021. More information about the event can be found here.

For information on other great art events in London, please click here.

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What: art exhibition
When: 4 Jun - 26 Sept 21
Where: Kensington Gardens
Website: Van Gogh Alive