• Matthew Kenagy

Go see Van Gogh before it's gone.

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Van Gogh: The Immesive Experience, and if you're a fan of his, art in general, or projection technology, I'd recommend it as a great date night or group night out.

The exhibit is self is mapped to the specific room that it is playing within, and is projected on all four walls of the room as one continuous film experience. The 35 minute show is somewhat narrative journey through his life, his mind, and his creativity as an artist. You'll see some of your favorite Van Gogh paintings come to life - my favorite of which is Starry Night. Other key paintings that make an appearance as part of the narrative are Wheatfield with Crows, The Olive Trees, many of his self portraits, and various of his common themes in his painting of cypress trees, sunflowers, the sea, and other common seas from his home town.

One of my favorite parts of the show was a very haunting collaboration of music, gothic hallways, and Van Gogh's fleeting face from his self-portraits wisping in and out of corridors around the room. It felt like a haunted scene, perhaps playing off some of the haunting thoughts in his own mind, but it was a stroke of creative genius that I'm still speaking about days later.

If you decide to attend the show in your local market, make sure to take advantage of the VIP ticket, which is well worth the additional money. After the 360 experience, you'll receive a pass to a Van Gogh virtual reality exhibit. The additional experience lasts about ten minutes or so, and its a VR experience that's easy to handle for novices. Simply sit down allow the attendant to secure your VR headset and headphones, and sit and enjoy a virtual walkthrough of Van Gogh's hometown. Along the way, you'll stop at the spots that inspired him, see what he likely saw, and how what was painted captures his vision of his hometown, but more importantly, how he saw the use of color in his paintings.

The exhibit is touring for a limited time in 22 cities around the world, with ten stops in the United States: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

Have you seen the traveling exhibit yet? Are you planning to go? What's your favorite Van Gogh painting?


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