Immersive digital art exhibits are popular around the globe, drawing crowds to sold out shows. These walk-through (and sometimes drive-thru) art shows are set to music and offer a 360-degree visual and audio experience.
There are currently several traveling shows featuring the work of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. Each show immerses visitors in a large-scale exhibit, with moving images projected onto the walls, ceilings, and floors in a vast gallery space or warehouse.
Two different shows are coming to the Seattle-Tacoma metro area in 2021 and 2022. Tickets go fast (over half of the Seattle tickets have sold out). So, grab your tickets now if you want to go.
Find out more about Van Gogh and these digital art exhibits, plus links to upcoming shows in Seattle and Tacoma.
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About Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was a a Dutch post-impressionist painter whose distinctive painting style is immediately recognizable by the vivid colors, intensity, distortion of shapes, and thick brushstrokes. His works include landscapes that seem to move, as well as contemplative portraits and still life compositions.
Over 100 years after his death, Van Gogh remains one of the most famous artists of all time. The distinctive style of his vibrant paintings are some of the most recognizable art anywhere in the world. After his death, his works sold for record-breaking sums at art auctions and were featured at sold-out exhibitions around the world. Like many posthumously famous artists, his innovative painting style was not accepted by the art-buying public while he was alive.
Van Gogh is also famous as a tormented man who cut off his ear. He spent some time in a mental hospital at Saint-Remy-de-Provence in the south of France. Nevertheless, he remained a prolific artist throughout his short career. He did from a gunshot wound at the age of 37; it is unclear whether it accidental or self-inflicted.
Whatever his personal demons, Van Gogh’s works revolutionized artistic practice and influenced the styles of generations of future artists. His extraordinary sense of color and boldness of his technique have left us with masterpieces to be enjoyed mor than a century after his death.
“I put my heart and soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process.” – Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Exhibits
Several different immersive Van Gogh exhibits are currently touring in locations around the world. The last time we checked (April 2021), only the last two are coming to the Seattle-Tacoma area.
- Immersive Van Gogh (immersivevangogh.com) (not scheduled in the Pac NW). Features more than 500,000 cubic feet of projections and lasts one hour. Created and run by the same team behind Atelier des Lumières in Paris—the digital art show featured in Netflix’s “Emily in Paris” series.
- Van Gogh Alive (grande-experiences.com) (not scheduled in the Pac NW). Features 3,000 moving van Gogh images set to a classical music score and takes 40-minutes.
- Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience from Normal Studio (not scheduled in the Pac NW) features voice-overs of van Gogh’s words set to a symphonic score and 300 of his masterpieces.
- Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (vangoghexpo.com) (coming to Seattle, more info below). Features 20,000 square feet of projections set to music and takes about 60 to 75 minutes.
- Imagine Van Gogh – Image Totale© (imagine-vangogh.com) (coming to Tacoma, more info below)
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – Seattle
September 2021 – January 2021 in Seattle. Location TBA.
- Advance purchase only. Tickets (Adult $36-$45): Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience – Seattle (vangoghexpo.com).
- More info: Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (vangoghexpo.com)
Imagine Van Gogh – Tacoma
- Advance purchase only. Tickets (Adult $38.50-$48.50): Imagine Van Gogh Tacoma (imagine-vangogh.com).
- The immersive exhibition from Image Totale ©. Recommended for art lovers as well as families.
- More info: Imagine Van Gogh (imagine-vangogh.com)