- Today is the first day that the much anticipated "Imagine Van Gogh" exhibition was shown to Montreal locals and tourists alike, and it was more emotionally provoking than I expected.
- This immersive experience lets visitors see Van Gogh's artworks through an entirely new lens.
- See photos and videos of this temporary exhibit in Montreal below!
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.
In Van Gogh's final years, many of his works had a Japanese influence. He described Provence, France making him feel as though he was in Japan, surrounded by thousands of different colours in nature.
The majority of works exposed in this exhibit are ones Van Gogh made during the final years of his life, from 1888-1890, in what is referred to as his "Arles period."
You don't need to be an art major to appreciate "Imagine Van Gogh." This sense-provoking experience is a must-see for any Montreal local that has even the slightest bit of interest in art.
I had already seen Van Gogh's iconic works Sunflowers and The Starry Night at other museums, and countless times online - but this exhibition created an entirely new experience of them.
If this exhibition doesn't manage to evoke feeling out of you, I'm not sure what will.
Various pieces are matched with a musical counterpart, one which was carefully selected to match the feeling that hides in each of Van Gogh's paint strokes.
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!