Immersive Van Gogh in Ohio

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Immersive Van Gogh in Ohio is a new way to experience art and is showing in Columbus and Cleveland. No need to travel to Paris to sit inside of Van Gogh’s hottest works of post-Impressionist art brought to life in projected swirls of color!

The exhibit has been described as an “audio-visual narrative and emotional experience”. Art and music surround you on all sides. The artwork moves as it moves you!

Some of his most iconic works displayed in the animated light show include the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889). You can wander through moving images that illuminate brush strokes, color, and detail.

Here are some interesting things you may not have known about the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh-
  • He was born in 1853 in Zundert, Netherlands.
  • Van Gogh worked as an art dealer and a missionary before becoming a painter.
  • He created about 2,000 works of art in his lifetime.
  • Van Gogh’s art reflects his dark struggling beginnings, a brighter middle period, and his descent into mental illness (depression and psychotic episodes).
  • He offered his severed ear as a token of love to a woman in a brothel.
  • Van Gogh shot himself in the chest one morning in 1890 and then went out to work on a nature painting and subsequently died at age 37.
  • He sold just one painting while alive, “The Red Vineyards,” to Anna Boch for 400 francs. Today he is one of the most successful artists of all time. His portrait of Paul Gachet, the doctor was purchased in 1990 for $75 million.
  • Van Gogh’s brother, Theo financed his artistic career since Van Gogh didn’t make any money. After Van Gogh’s death, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, wife to Theo translated the brothers’ letters to each other and promoted Vincent’s paintings and his growing fame.
  • He was a fan of the literature of his day. He read “Les Miserables” and Charles Dickens’ in their original language.
  • Van Gogh admired, appreciated, and was influenced by artists that he knew and knew of, and hung copies of their works on his walls.
  • The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam holds the largest collection of his artwork.
Immersive Van Gogh in Ohio was created and designed by Massimiliano Siccardi, with amazing music by Luca Longobardi, both of whom started immersive digital art experiences in France.

The exhibit is being shown in several cities across the United States. Each exhibit is slightly different because it is designed for the venue it is being exhibited in.

Here in Ohio, you can see the show at the Polaris’ Lighthouse ArtSpace 940 Polaris Pkwy, Columbus (until Jan. 2), and at the Cleveland Lighthouse Art Space at 850 E. 72nd St Cleveland (until Feb. 6).

The animated exhibit has already sold millions of tickets around the world with many dates sold out. Tickets are $39.99 to $49.99 depending on the date and time.

In addition, you can visit some of Van Gogh’s real artwork for free inside the Cleveland Museum of Art.

There will also be a show at the Columbus Museum of Art 480 East Broad Street, Columbus called “Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources” (from Nov. 12 to Feb. 6). Timed tickets are $10 plus admission of $18 for adults, or $9 for seniors, students, and ages 4 to 17, free for members and children 3 and younger. Discounted admissions are Thursday evenings and Sundays. Parking is $5.

I got the idea, after speaking to employees, that future immersive shows will follow after Immersive Van Gogh in Ohio. So stay tuned for more!

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