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The Multi-Sensory Van Gogh Exhibition Is Returning To Sydney This Week

By Sammy Preston

Van Gogh paintings projected on to large screens for Van Gogh Alive Sydney
A person dancing in front of Van Gogh paintings projected on to large screens for Van Gogh Alive Sydney
Van Gogh paintings projected on to large screens for Van Gogh Alive Sydney
Crowds gather outside a large marquee at dusk for Van Gogh Alive
Van Gogh paintings projected on to large screens for Van Gogh Alive Sydney
A person dancing in front of Van Gogh paintings projected on to large screens for Van Gogh Alive Sydney
Van Gogh paintings projected on to large screens for Van Gogh Alive Sydney
Crowds gather outside a large marquee at dusk for Van Gogh Alive

Van Gogh Alive made a huge splash when it debuted in Sydney in 2020. An immersive exhibition where Van 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 more than 50 different cities around the world to over six million people. In 2020, it was one of the first major COVID-safe events to show in Sydney after lockdown. Now, the show is touring Australia, hitting Brissie, Perth, Adelaide, Canberra, and Newcastle—and yep, Sydney again!

So, if you missed it last time, you'll have the op to catch The Starry Night in all its swirly, moving glory once more. Kicking off in December, the 2022 season is set to be bigger and better than before. It's been shifted into a custom-built pavilion—the largest touring showroom in the southern hemisphere, complete with a themed bar and cafe, rooms filled with sunflowers, and a starry night room lined with twinkling lights. 

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 (Midnight 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 works, like The Starry Night, Almond Blossoms, and The Red Vineyard—as they are spread across multiple towering screens to a soaring soundtrack.

Head over here to grab your tickets

The Details

What: Van Gogh Alive Sydney
When: 8 December–12 February
Where: Grande Pavilion, Entertainment Quarter, More Park
Tickets: Here

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Image credit: Grande Exhibitions

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