The post-impressionist Dutch painter from the late 1800s, Vincent Van Gogh, continues to hold a major influence on people worldwide. This is why the "Imagine Van Gogh" exhibition has been making its way across Europe and has now moved over to Montreal for the winter.
It's assumed that Van Gogh created over 2,000 works of art during his lifetime, and 200 of these works are put on display at "Imagine Van Gogh," but in a way like they've never been seen before.
I remember one of the first times I learned of Van Gogh and his life... The only info I managed to retain was that the man had cut off his ear and sent it to one of his lovers. Needless to say, he caused my expectations for men to be set pretty high.
And after seeing numerous pictures online the "Imagine Van Gogh" exhibit while it was in Paris, my expectations for the exhibition were just as high. But now I got the opportunity to experience the exhibit for myself, with my own eyes and ears - and here's what I thought.
The exhibition projects Van Gogh paintings onto a screen, making them larger than the original size, which allows you to be hyperattentive to the details of his artwork.
The curators of the exhibit, Annabelle Mauger and Julien Baron, make the utmost use of the space provided to them. And truly, there is no better place for it to take place than Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal.
Mauger and Baron seek to use technology as a service to art. Since post-impressionism holds a focus on the medium itself, incorporating technology into Van Gogh's works allows two mediums to function together - very on-brand.
The classical music makes you feel like you're swaying through a ballroom surrounded by art. Your eyes and ears become completely subsumed in Van Gogh's pieces.
So, my honest opinion? Wow. The curators of this exhibit managed to stray away from classical ways of exhibiting artworks and used technology to create an entirely new experience of age-old works. I think it's safe to say Van Gogh would be proud to have his art shown to the world through such a medium.
The tickets range from $16 to $36 and let me tell you, absolutely worth every penny!