Van Gogh Virtual Exhibit

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A Korean chap said to me: “this is my most recent Namjooning trip (though maybe Taehyunging because of the subject). Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience.” (Apparently, “Namjooning” is to describe the mindful enjoyment of exploring art, nature & architecture) pretty cool.

Vincent Van Gogh was a great admirer of Japanese art. He already pinned prints to the wall when he lived in Antwerp, but it wasn’t until he went to Paris that his collection really started to take shape.

Fascinatingly eerie

I’ve just been sitting in The Starry Night… it overwhelms the senses. It’s so beautiful. I was on top of a hill overlooking the small town and I could hear owls and church bells.

Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” has been the inspiration for countless tributes and adaptations. It is an expression of awe in the face of cosmic beauty and viewers never seem to tire of it.

If I was Van Gogh, I would be really touched by this and cry tears of happiness for a few hours.

What an experience. A 3D immersive exhibit of Van Gogh’s paintings where you get to see all the colours up close and personal.

The VR experience does require a separate ticket, though it’s included in the VIP pass.
It’s impossible to explain how good and how realistic Virtual Reality has now become… unless you try it yourself.

Van Gogh was able to transform a common country road into a dramatic experience- trees transformed into actors in a mystery play and dirt lanes into lines of poetry. Vincent invested daily life with awe and elevated simple sight into exalted vision. He was a storyteller with paint.

“I observe in others that they too have heard in their crises strange voices like me, that before them two things seemed changed. And that softens for me the horror that at first I kept from the crisis I had.”

Vincent Van Gogh
Vestibule of the Asylum, 1889.

It enables you to walk through Arles – starting in Van Gogh’s room – and seeing the sights becoming paintings.

Van Gogh’s
Room at Arles (1888)

An addendum: Three almost identical authentic paintings have become famous for the artist’s room in Arles. His room was in the inn at Lamartine Square 2, which became famous as the Yellow House – also based on Van Gogh’s paintings. Van Gogh paired the cypress tree, a signifier of death and mourning with his iridescent and radiant night sky full of life to signify the timeless beauty in choosing to live despite your miseries in The Starry Night. One can only hope to see the world in all its awe as he did.

The Van Gogh Immersive Experience is absolutely incredible! The perfect mix of traditional art, augmented by technology.

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