I love Van Gogh, he is my #1 favorite artist of all time and I am a total geek when it comes to everything about him. I love the colours in his work and I love how each painting he has takes you away, fills you with a feeling of awe or teaches you something amazing about him and the world. Which is why I got a type of excited that is embarrassing to admit when I heard that the immersive Van Gogh experience was hitting Vancouver.

The Langlois Bridge at Arles, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh
The Langlois Bridge at Arles, 1888 by Vincent van Gogh
Imagine Van Gogh is coming to Vancouver and I am still shaking with excitement at the news.

Van Gogh’s command of colour astounds me, there isn’t a painting he has done that has been boring when it comes to colour. He loved them so much and used them to their full potential and would even often write his brother to share sketches and his ideas on colours and they’re some of my favorite letters for sure, check this one out:

In front of him on a red garden table are some yellow novels and a dark purple foxglove. My self-portrait is very similar: the blue is the fine blue of the South and the clothing bright lilac. The portrait of the woman from Arles has a neutral, matte flesh tone, the eyes calm and very simple, the clothes black, the background pink, and she is leaning with her elbows on a green table with green books. But in the version Theo has the clothes are pink, the background white-yellow, and the front of her open bodice is muslin of a white turning to green. Amid all these light colors, the hair, eyelashes, and eyes are the only spots of black.

Vincent Van Gogh letter to his brother on 07/23/1890 Link

Did you notice the first painting he is describing in this letter is one of my favorites? Portrait of Dr. Gachet 1890 – shown with foxglove, which was the main ingredient to the medication he prescribed Van Gogh.

Portrait of Dr. Gachet, 1890 by Van Gogh
Dr. Gachet 1890 Vincent Van Gogh

Do you see?? I am already nerding out and I haven’t even gotten to the good part yet, telling all of you what Imagine Van Gogh has to offer! Imagine Van Gogh is the original immersive exhibition from Europe; created by French Artistic Directors Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron. Both of which are renowned for their immersive exhibit: Cathédrale d’Images in Les Baux-de-Provence. This feat of true technical magic uses 31 HD projectors to isolate and remix the work of Van Gogh into a revelatory environment of perspective, motion, and detail. You truly get to be inside the paintings of this truly beautifully minded man. Just thinking about it gives me tingles.

You will be able to see 200 of Van Gogh’s amazing pieces, which of course will showcase some of his most popular works that he painted between 1888 – 1890. During the exhibit there will also be immersive music to really add a new emotional element to the whole experience. I fully expect to be in full tears during this and I wont even try to hide it, so if you see me just let me be.

people standing inside the imagine Van Gogh
Photo by Laurence Labat

When will we be able to see this in Vancouver??

Imagine Van Gogh opens to the public March 19th, 2021 and though tickets are currently sold out, I have heard they will be adding additional days + times THIS WEEKEND! So if you don’t have your tickets yet make sure to follow them & you can sign up on their site to get an email notification just to make it that much easier to remember to get those tickets this weekend.

DO NOT miss this, I will be there, I will be fully immersed and I may never be the same afterwards – I love the idea of that.

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