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Lights, colors and sounds in ‘Van Gogh Alive’
Masterpieces come to life at Discovery Place
 
Published Thursday, April 17, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

Experience a synthesis of traditional art and modern technology when “Van Gogh Alive” makes its American debut at Discovery Place on April 25.

The globally acclaimed exhibition, which has traveled from Milan and Moscow to Istanbul and Budapest, features over 3,000 of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous works.

“This exhibition redefines a traditional museum experience, displaying Van Gogh’s masterpieces in larger-than-life proportions,” Discovery Place President and CEO Catherine Wilson Horne said. “Guests may have had previous opportunities to see a few authentic paintings in a gallery, but ‘Van Gogh Alive’ brings thousands of Van Gogh’s images under one roof in a stunning audio-visual format.”

Masterpieces such as “The Starry Night,” “Sunflowers,” “The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum,” “The Yellow House,” and “Bedroom in Arles,” have been taken out of their frames and brought to life, allowing guest to walk through these images in a whirlwind of vibrant colors and vivid details. 

Visitors will be completely immersed in Van Gogh’s paintings with floor-to-ceiling projections synchronized to a classical score featuring the works of composers George Handel, Camille Saint-Saens and Franz Schubert.

The exhibit takes you on an expressive journey into Van Gogh’s troubled life, which is, in part, what has made him so famous today. It traces the legendary artist’s work from his early life in the Netherlands to his pinnacle masterpieces in Arles and Saint-Rémy-de-Provence

Viewers can dive deeper into art exploration in the Artist’s Studio and practice shadow techniques using light, texture and mixed media to create a unique masterpiece.  They can even become a Van Gogh painting with the use projection-based interactive technology.

“Van Gogh Alive” will be on exhibition through June 1. Tickets are now on sale for timed entries and can be purchased online at discoveryplace.org, by phone at (704) 372-6261 extension 300 or in person at Discovery Place. 

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