Monday, April 5, 2021

Popular van Gogh exhibit brings artists' work to life — and it's headed to Detroit

Posted By on Mon, Apr 5, 2021 at 12:47 PM

click to enlarge “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience.” - COURTESY OF “BEYOND VAN GOGH: AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE”
  • Courtesy of “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience”
  • “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience.”

Updated 10:13 a.m. on Thursday, April 8: OMFG — confusingly, there are two separate Vincent van Gogh "immersive" events heading to Detroit.

Updated 9:20 a.m. on Wednesday, April 7: This post has been updated with dates, location, and ticketing information.

Let Gogh of what you think an art museum experience should be and, instead, immerse yourself in the moving, breathing, and unexpectedly trippy works of one of the world's most celebrated artists.

After successful runs throughout the country, including in nearby cities like Chicago and Toronto, “Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience” will make its debut in Detroit at the TCF Center starting June 25 and will run through Aug. 15. The multi-sensory experience (meaning there's sound, too)  features larger-than-life projections ripped straight from the portfolio of iconic artist Vincent van Gogh.

The exhibit, designed by Mathieu St-Arnaudi (not to be confused with the production created by Massimilano Siccardi) has a habit of, well, selling out — unlike van Gogh, who struggled with poverty and, according to popular art lore, allegedly only properly sold one painting during his lifetime. For example, Chicago's immersive van Gogh exhibit is currently sold out through June but will be on display until September.

If you can't Gogh (sorry, we'll stop) to the immersive event, the Detroit Institute of Arts will be hosting its own exhibit, titled “Van Gogh in America,” which will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the DIA's purchase of the artist's 1887 “Self-Portrait,” The Detroit News reports. But that won't be until October, 2022. In the meantime, there's plenty of van Gogh to Gogh around (last one, promise).

There's no need to keep your ears, er, ear to the ground though, as timed and VIP flex tickets are currently available via starting at $42.99.

You can take a peek as to what the exhibit looks — and feels like — below.

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