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Huge Multi-Sensory Exhibition 'Van Gogh Alive' Is Touring Australia This Year

The immersive exhibition allows you to step into artworks such as 'The Starry Night' and 'Sunflowers' — and it's now coming to Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra and Newcastle.
By Stephen Heard
April 09, 2021
By Stephen Heard
April 09, 2021

One of the world's most visited multi-sensory experiences will come alive across Australia this year. After successful runs in Sydney and Auckland, Van Gogh Alive is setting off on a national Aussie tour, hitting Adelaide from Wednesday, June 23 before moving on to Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Newcastle.

The project is the brainchild of Melbourne-based Grande Exhibitions, which, for the past 15 years, has hosted immersive exhibitions and gallery experiences in over 150 cities across the world. The company also owns and operates Rome's Museo Leonardo da Vinci.

A family-friendly experience, Van Gogh Alive creates the sensation of walking right into the Dutch artist's paintings. Attendees experience his world-famous work in fine detail thanks to Grande Exhibitions' state-of-the-art technology, which uses 40 high-definition projectors. A classical musical score accompanies the vibrant colours, too, as presented in cinema-quality surround sound.

And, two of Van Gogh's most popular works have been transformed into new guises — with the Sunflower infinity room and the an immersive Starry Night walkthrough area also part of the experience.

The Adelaide edition of Van Gogh Alive is popping up as part of the city's new winter arts festival, Illuminate Adelaide, and will take place in a purpose-built 25,000-square-foot gallery in North Adelaide. The gallery, which has been named The Grand Pavilion, will feature an exact recreation of Van Gogh's painting Cafe Terrace at Night in the foyer. Tickets are now available via Ticketek and start at $35 for an adult or $95 for a family.

Details on the dates and venues for the rest of the national tour are still to come — so if you're in Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Newcastle, watch this space. You can stay up to date with everything Van Gogh Alive by keeping an eye on the exhibition's website.

Van Gogh Alive will run from Wednesday, June 23 in Adelaide's new The Grand Pavilion before moving on to Brisbane, Canberra, Perth and Newcastle. Dates beyond Adelaide are yet to be revealed — we'll update you when more details come to hand.

Top image: Rebecca McMillan Photography

Published on April 09, 2021 by Stephen Heard
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