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The Wait Is Over, Van Gogh Alive Opens In Auckland This Weekend

By Sammy Preston
8th Apr 2021

The Red Vineyard is projected onto a wall.
The famous The Starry Night painting lights up an entire room.
A person takes a picture of a huge Vincent Van Gogh self portrait projected onto a wall.
A person walks amongst a massive Van Gogh painting.
Self portraits of Vincent Van Gogh adorn the walls.
The Red Vineyard is projected onto a wall.
The famous The Starry Night painting lights up an entire room.
A person takes a picture of a huge Vincent Van Gogh self portrait projected onto a wall.
A person walks amongst a massive Van Gogh painting.
Self portraits of Vincent Van Gogh adorn the walls.

We’re guessing you’ve seen snippets of Van Gogh Alive on your Insta feed. An immersive exhibition where Gogh’s seminal swirls, stars, sunflowers, snowflakes, and moonshine drift and dance across walls, just as you imagine the painter would have seen them in his own day.

The super-hyped exhibition has been shown in 50 different cities around the world to some six million people (that’s a lot of Insta feeds). And this year a mini version opened to sell out crowds in Wellington with a world-first outdoor exhibition called ‘Digital Nights Wellington’. 

Now you'll be able to have your own Emily In Paris moment as the full-scale, indoor exhibition will be touring stadium-sized venues in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland this year. Yep, get ready to snap up those tickets, as Christchurch has extended its season and Auckland is due to start early.

Back by popular demand, Van Gogh Alive is so much more than what you’ve seen on Instagram too. The multi-sensory exhibition features some 3,000 images beamed across walls, floors, ceilings, and more. The projections move in time to music and specifically designed scents fill each space—it's an experience of timeless artwork akin to diving into Van Gogh’s paint perhaps (Moonlight In Paris-style, if you like). 

You'll experience the colours, brush strokes and emotion of Van Gogh's oeuvre at scale—and be drawn into fragments of colour within some of his most seminal work, like The Starry Night, Almond Blossoms and The Red Vineyard—as they are spread across multiple towering screens.

Van Gogh Alive opens in Wellington at TSB Arena on 11 January for a strictly limited season before opening in Christchurch at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand on 18 February and then Auckland at Spark Arena on Saturday 10 April.

Tickets for Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland are now on sale, snap them up before they sell out.  

The Details
What: Van Gogh Alive Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland
When: Wellington from 11 January, Christchurch to 28 March, Auckland from 11 April 2021.
Where: Wellington at TSB Arena, Christchurch at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand, Auckland at Spark Arena.

Take a tour of the South Island's best tourist attractions while it's quiet.

Image credit: Rebecca McMillan Photography, Grande Exhibitions

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