Van Gough's paintings, brought to life, allowing you to experience them in a truly unique way.
A former iron foundry in Paris' 11th arrondissement has been transformed into a unique exhibition space and offers art lovers the opportunity to become completely immersed in the paintings on display. Following on from last year's successful exhibition formed around Gustav Klimt and Viennese painters, this year sees Vincent Van Gough as it's focus.
Paintings are digitised, animations subtly added and projected onto all surfaces within the exhibition hall, and with carefully chosen music to accompany the paintings, the whole experience is enjoyable from the first moment you step through the doors. The exhibition covers numerous periods of work from this brilliant, yet troubled, artist, from earlier works such as The Potato Eaters (1885) through to more well-known works like Starry Night Over The Rhone (1888) and Irises (1889). Paintings are enlarged and projected on to surfaces all around you, allowing you to get a real sense of the passion felt by Van Gough, especially when you can see the brush strokes so clearly. The bold, even frantic, brush strokes become very apparent in an exhibition such as this.
The digitised works of art ebb and flow before your eyes, moving gently around you, yet you never miss a moment. Each painting is given its proper time in the limelight, so you can peruse, digest and enjoy without hurry. The exhibition hall is just that, a hall, so viewers can wander around or sit back and enjoy; the choice really is yours.
If you're planning a trip to Paris before the end of the year, I'd recommend going to this exhibition. It's a different way of viewing art, and a worthwhile experience.
Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time, so it's easy to plan ahead. The hall is not far from the famous Père Lachaise cemetery, where you can pay your respects to Oscar Wilde, Chopin or Jim Morrison!
Van Gough, la nuit étoilée is open daily until 31st December (although the French version of the same site states 5th January).
Exhibition: Atelier des Lumières, 38 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris, https://www.atelier-lumieres.com
Tickets: available online only at https://atelier-lumieres.tickeasy.com/en-GB/home