Be­yond the vis­ual in­cen­tive

The Vin­cent Van Gogh im­mer­sive show en­sures a re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for art lovers and en­thu­si­asts

Gulf News - - #young Editors - AYUSHA MA­HA­JAN, 17

Paint, can­vas and an eye for things that hide them­selves from ob­vi­ous sight: Vin­cent van Gogh.

The im­mor­tal artist, para­dox­i­cally, has come back to life — through his art. What was it that made this in­tro­vert pick up a brush and ex­ert his most vi­brant in­flu­ence on peo­ple?

Art gal­leries are pow­er­ful places, filled with the mem­o­ries and nostal­gia of pre­ced­ing cen­turies, but there is only that much ob­serv­ing a paint­ing can do. Some can stare at the piece for hours at a time, fill­ing their eyes with the mes­sages, sym­bols and emo­tions trapped within the frame. Oth­ers glimpse it and move on.

How much more per­cep­tive could it be to sim­ply drop a viewer into the leg­end and life of the painter it­self? Know whether their life on this planet was vi­brant, melan­cholic or mis­un­der­stood?

The Min­istry of Cul­ture and Knowl­edge De­vel­op­ment of the UAE sought to do just that — of­fer a new level of im­mer­sion for art-lovers and ca­sual-day-spenders alike, one that may give new mean­ing to the then mis­un­der­stood, now fa­mous, Dutch post-impressionist’s life.

The 34-minute show was planned to spend six weeks in Abu Dhabi, from Jan­uary 14 to Fe­bru­ary 26, and then to move to Dubai De­sign District from March 11 to April 23.

It fea­tures a spe­cially cho­sen score of clas­si­cal mu­sic. This will ac­com­pany the 3,000 pic­tures en­cap­su­lat­ing Gogh’s paint­ings, as well as in­spi­ra­tional im­ages dis­played on the walls, floor and ceil­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion space us­ing 40 high-def­i­ni­tion pro­jec­tors en­sur­ing you have an ex­pe­ri­ence that is em­bod­ied by only three things: You, an artist and his works.

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