Reimagine Van Gogh’s Classic Artworks in an Immersive Experience in Chicago’s Gold Coast
You think you know Van Gogh?
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has taken up residence at Chicago’s Germania Place, and reveals a brand-new way to experience the artwork we all thought we knew (perhaps you’ve heard of ‘Starry Night’).
Post-Impressionism and Van Gogh
Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter who specialized in still life and landscape. Though the basis of this movement was steeped in subjectivity, a strong theme that weaved itself throughout work from this period was the accurate depiction of light, and the way it could illuminate the passage of time.
Post-impressionism maintained many of the motifs and subject matter of its predecessor, but it tweaked the narrative by employing unusual colors and geometric patterns. Forgoing the artistic precedent set before them (religious themes, historical scenes), the artists of the impressionist era were considered radical at the time.
What to Expect from the Immersive Experience
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is presented through fluid, kaleidoscope-like 360° projections, 500,000 cubic feet of space is transformed into an all-encompassing sensory experience at this exhibit, which allows the participant to feel as though they’re quite literally stepping into a large-scale Van Gogh painting.
Set to a soundtrack that straddles the line between classical and contemporary, Italian composer Luca Longobardi’s nuanced playlist encourages a deeply personal and intimate experience.
It’s hard to deny when viewing Van Gogh’s work that a personal side of him is exposed as well; his struggles with mental health and addiction are nearly as famous as his artistic masterpieces. Composer Longobardi said, “be it the introspection he often abandons himself to or isolation in nature in order to paint it in all its power, Van Gogh is alone in his uniqueness and psychic brittleness. He’s alone with his way of thinking ahead of his time.”
For now, alone he is not – the Van Gogh Immersive Experience is currently playing in 15 cities across the world, giving thousands the opportunity to experience his work in a whole new light.
The Immersive Van Gogh Experience is a temporary exhibit located at the Lighthouse Artspace at the Germania Club Building, 108 E Germania Pl. The exhibit has been extended until February 2021. Get your tickets early before they sell out.
Tickets are available for purchase online.