Gogh to the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit


Just across the street from Latin is the breathtaking Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, extended by popular demand to February 6. Unlike simply “observing” paintings at a traditional art exhibit, visitors to this immersive exhibit feel like they are living inside the numerous showcased paintings by the brilliant Vincent Van Gogh: the renowned “Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” “The Potato Eaters,” and many more.

Through its use of technology, the exhibit brings even greater life to Van Gogh’s art. For 45 minutes, moving paintings are projected on the walls, floors, and ceilings of Germania Place. Music fills the rooms, coordinated with a rotation of artful projections.

Junior Kimiko Darcy affirmed the immersive experience. “The way they incorporated the music into the visuals was really cool,” she said.

Transporting viewers “inside” of Van Gogh’s artwork allows them to feel as if they are taking a walk through his life. Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands, and his artwork, along with his struggle with mental illness and poverty, went virtually unknown before his death.

One of Van Gogh’s earliest pieces, “The Potato Eaters,” takes viewers to a lonely dinner table illuminated by a single light, revealing peasants’ bony faces and somber eyes. It depicts the harsh life for Van Gogh and 19th century Dutch peasants.

Van Gogh later moved to Paris, and then to Provence, where he painted various vivid depictions of the French countryside. The exhibit projects “Irises” and “Arles,” illustrating golden hills, wispy clouds, and massive rose bushes on the walls. Purple and blue pinwheels emerge near the floor, enveloping visitors and slowly morphing into the warmer tones of “The Bedroom.” A significant milestone in Van Gogh’s life, this painting depicts his crowded bedroom in Arles, France, at his first home, “The Yellow House.” The cool blue of the walls bordering the blazing yellow bed creates distinct contrast, and the uneven walls and jumble of furniture generate chaotic energy.

The series of paintings mimic a rollercoaster; each one illustrates an up or down in Van Gogh’s life, bringing visitors along for the turbulent ride.

Prices for general admission range from $55 to $75, depending on availability. Kimiko said that although “the quality was great,” the exhibit “was a bit overpriced.”

The showcase also includes an extensive gift shop, where visitors can buy prints of Van Gogh’s art plastered on mugs, phone cases, and even clothing. Who wouldn’t want a “Starry Night” dress? Aside from the gift shop, I highly recommend visiting the Immersive Van Gogh exhibit. Not only is it a minute walk from Latin, but it allows visitors to experience Van Gogh’s art in a truly immersive way.