Van Gogh Alive – The Experience comes to Alaska
September 17, 2015
Multi-sensory exhibition opens Oct. 9 at the Anchorage Museum
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Anchorage Museum is transforming the traditional museum experience when it hosts Grande Exhibitions' “Van Gogh Alive – The Experience,” a multi-sensory exhibition event on view Oct. 9, 2015, through Jan. 10, 2016. In “Van Gogh Alive – The Experience,” visitors are surrounded by a powerful and vibrant symphony of light, color and sound immersing them in Van Gogh's masterpieces.
State-of-the-art SENSORY4™ multimedia technology combines with a tailored exhibition space on the Anchorage Museum’s third floor to allow projection of enormous crystal-clear images giving viewers the sensation of walking right into Van Gogh's paintings. Set to an evocative classical score, a display of more than 3,000 images transforms every surface – walls, columns, and floors. At such a scale, the vibrant colors and vivid details of Van Gogh’s work become breathtaking. Visitors see these works in hyper-fine detail, with special attention paid to key features, allowing visitors time to study color and technique. Photographs and video have also been augmented with Van Gogh's works to demonstrate his sources of inspiration.
“We are exploring innovative uses of technology to engage the broadest public with this exhibition," says Museum Director Julie Decker. "We are interested in providing an immersive experience, where multiple senses are activated, rather than a purely static experiences. The exaggerated perspective apparent in some of his key works, like 'Vincent's Bedroom in Arles', his interest in color, and the emotion his works evoke is amplified when a viewer is surrounded by images and sound at a massive scale."
Visitors can explore the life and work of this prolific artist during the period 1880 to 1890 and interpret his thoughts, feelings and state of mind during his time in Arles, Saint Remy and Auver-sur-Oise, France, the locations where he created many of his timeless masterpieces. The exhibition's layout encourages adults and children to freely explore as they wander through the galleries, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering distinct perspectives. Accompanying panels tell his story through commentary on his body of work, his painting technique, and what inspired (or drove) him. But for many, the greatest pleasure may come from simply standing still, indulging the senses as waves of sights and sounds, intense and beautiful, wash over them.
Tickets to "Van Gogh Alive – The Experience" range from $12 to $20 and are available at www.anchoragemuseum.org/exhibits/van-gogh-alive-the-experience.
The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 most visited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to connect people, expand perspectives and encourage global dialogue about the North and its distinct environment. Learn more at anchoragemuseum.org.
Developed by Grande Exhibitions, SENSORY4™ is a unique system that combines multi-channel motion graphics, cinema quality surround sound and up to forty high-definition projectors to provide one of the most exciting multi-screen environments in the world. The resulting experience is dynamic, informative and visually spectacular. Incredibly detailed images flow through the mass of projectors and merge with digital surround sound to saturate the space in a breathtaking immersive display.
Grande Exhibitions, the creator and promoter of “Van Gogh Alive – The Experience,” specializes in the creation, design, production, promotion and installation of large-scale exhibitions with broad cultural appeal and engaging, entertaining and educational content. From concept to completion, Grande Exhibitions creates visually and technically stunning masterpieces and transports them around the world. Its exhibitions have travelled to over 90 cities across six continents, to audiences in excess of 6.5 million people. Grande Exhibitions is based in Melbourne, Australia, with satellite offices in London, UK and Santiago, Chile. Grande Exhibitions also owns and operates Museo Leonardo Da Vinci, a permanent museum in a prestigious central location in Rome, Italy.