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Dazzling Multi-Sensory Exhibition 'Van Gogh Alive' Is Bringing Its Stars and Sunflowers Back to Sydney

Immerse yourself in Vincent Van Gogh's iconic artworks, including 'The Starry Night' and 'Sunflowers', at this spectacular experience.
By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2022
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By Sarah Ward
July 28, 2022
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Some things are just so stunning that they need to be seen multiple times, and getting to walk through Vincent van Gogh's dazzling artworks at multi-sensory experience Van Gogh Alive is clearly one of them. So, the extremely (and unsurprisingly) popular exhibition is heading back to Sydney again, ready to come alive this summer.

Finished making your own Lego version of The Starry Night? Now, you can walk through the iconic painting projected large across The Grand Pavilion at Entertainment Quarter. The experience will kick off its return on Thursday, December 8, just in time to pair the sunny days with some sunflowers — and it's bringing plenty more, including both familiar and new parts of the exhibition.

The big two will be back, of course — aka two of van Gogh's most popular works transformed into vivid new guises. Again, when you see The Starry Night, you'll actually be walking through it. Love Sunflowers (the painting, as well as the plant)? Then get ready for the immersive Sunflower infinity room.

The project is the brainchild of Melbourne-based Grande Exhibitions, which, for more than a decade and a half now, 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 — and you definitely won't feel like you're just standing in an ordinary gallery. Attendees encounter van Gogh's world-famous works 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.

This new Sydney season of Van Gogh Alive will pop up in The Grand Pavilion's huge 70 metre by 25 metre bespoke marquee, which also includes a themed bar and cafe space.

And if you're wondering how popular the experience has proven so far, more than 8.5 million people have visited it in 80-plus cities worldwide.

Van Gogh Alive will run from Thursday, December 8 at The Grand Pavilion, The Entertainment Quarter. Tickets will go on sale from Thursday, August 4 — for further details, head to the event's website.

Images: Morgan Sette / Miles Noel Photography / Grande Experiences.

Published on July 28, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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