Art & Design

Get Excited, This Multi-Sensory Van Gogh Exhibition Has Officially Opened In Sydney

By Sammy Preston
17th Sep 2020

The exhibition, Van Gogh Alive.

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 an exciting new digital art gallery in Melbourne was going to be the first Australian city to show it.

But—with life on pause in Melbourne right now—Sydney has been chosen as the lucky replacement host.  

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.

The exhibition will be hosted at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, with digital projections the size of 30 – 40 IMAX screens. Sydney, being the big, brassy city that we are, will also score the largest version of Van Gogh Alive to date—up to three times larger than the show seen in other cities.

Van Gogh Alive is due to open to the public on Friday 18 September with strict COVID safe restrictions in place. 

Tickets will start at $30 and you can grab yours right here

The Details

What: Van Gogh Alive 
When: Friday 18 September - Sunday 22 November 
Where: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park
Tickets: From $30. On sale here

In other news, a first-of-its-kind pasta emporium is due to open in Sydney soon. 

Image credit: Grande Exhibitions

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