Immersive Van Gogh in the Paris show
In June 2019, I took a taxi to a building on the outskirts of Paris, not far from the Pere Lechase Cemetery, and was impressed by an impressive show that debuted in Paris in 2019 and was called la nuit étoilée. The show also traveled to Toronto as a socially distant drive-through show in 2020.
Now, similar stunning exhibits are finally arriving in two locations across the United States at a time when people who would otherwise have huddled together can be lured in to indulge in a much-needed Christmas present.
St. Petersburg, Florida – The Dali Museum
SENSORY4 ™ gallery with Van Gogh paintings
Image courtesy of Grande Experiences
“Van Gogh Alive” will open on November 21st and will stay in the Dalí Museum until April 11th, 2021, the first North American location to host an impressive exhibition of this size.
Almost 3,000 of Van Gogh’s images are synchronized and placed on a classic score pumped through cinema-quality surround sound. As in the Paris show, viewers feel immersed in the paintings enlarged on the walls and in the rooms around them. Photos and videos of Van Gogh’s inspiration are also shown.
The installation is powered by SENSORY4 ™, a unique system developed by Grande Experiences of Melbourne, Australia.
“Dalí seems to overlap in his interests and life with almost every major cultural movement, event or person of our time – Van Gogh is no exception,” said Dr. Hank Hine, managing director of the Dalí Museum, in a press release.
“Van Gogh and Dalí shared a passion for the landscape and the portal it offers to a hidden world. One look at Van Gogh’s world will transform itself onto the walls and floors of our gallery and offer our audience a dramatic and impressive experience. “
Safety precautions are observed. The museum reopened to the public on July 1st with updated features like timed ticketing, temperature checks, mask requirements, and social distancing reminders. Docent tours and the rental of audio tour equipment have been discontinued. All transactions must be made with credit or debit cards. Extended season tickets are required for all visitors.
Indianapolis, Indiana, Museum of Art in Newfields
All-round starry night: Installation rendering of “THE LUME Indianapolis” in Newfields: A Place … [+]
Image courtesy of Grande Experiences
If you can’t see the show in Florida, the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Newfields will be opening a similar experience next summer, dedicated to the works of Vincent Van Gogh. This large-scale production, called The Lume Indianapolis, will be the first of a new permanent, immersive attraction in Newfields.
Grande Experiences, the same company that founded Van Gogh Alive, produces the show. It will be similar to other Van Gogh digital experiences around the world, but tailored specifically for this space.
Nearly 150 high-resolution, state-of-the-art projectors will take up 30,000 square feet of space on the fourth floor of the museum – the largest continuous exhibition space in Newfields’ 137-year history. The Lume will transform almost 3,000 moving images of Van Gogh’s paintings, including Sunflowers and The Starry Night, into a three-dimensional experience and will be set to music like other programs of this kind. To round off the sensual experience, guests can enjoy food and drinks as part of the exhibition.
“After five years of research into motivating art consumers and innovative digital exhibitions in Asia, Australia and Europe, we are excited to introduce The Lume Indianapolis in Newfields next year as a groundbreaking addition to our offering,” said Dr. Charles L. Venable, The Melvin & Bren Simon director and CEO of Newfields, in a statement.
Tickets for The Lume Indianapolis in Newfields are available for purchase prior to opening in June 2021.