What a unique and mesmerizing experience. What a beautiful way to bring art to life. What a breathtaking way to explore the colours and textures of Vincent Van Gogh.
I have been wanting to go to Beyond Van Gogh since I saw it advertised months ago, but we were, and still are, engrossed in the leaky pipe adventure that had us unable to plan ahead due to the whims, or lack of whims, of the many contractors that have been in and out (lots of outs) over the past six months. Finally, and I mean finally because the exhibit is closing on Monday, we pinned down an afternoon to enjoy this experience. And boy were we happy that we did. It was unforgettable.
Here is the website description of the experience:
Beyond Van Gogh is a new truly immersive experience. While other shows use virtual reality or still images, our show breaks barriers by incorporating both still and moving art. Masterpieces, now freed from frames, come alive, appear, and disappear, flow across multi-surfaces, the minutia of details titillating our heightened senses. The show is projected on every surface around you, this makes you feel as though you have stepped directly into a Van Gogh painting. We accompany the show with a beautiful score and include many other surprises!
So of course I wanted to know who created this masterpiece using Van Gogh’s masterpieces and found the information on the site. It was created by French-Canadian creative director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s Normal Studio, Beyond Van Gogh is an immersive experience showcasing over 300 of the artist’s works.
And what a masterpiece it is. It is larger than life. The moving artwork is projected on screens that span from the floor to the ceiling.
Artwork is also projected onto the floor and other shaped screens in the area.
The movement, the colours, the textures and the brushstrokes leave you spellbound.
The entire experience comes to life with music.
Birds from the original painting fly across the projected painting. Windmills turn, light reflected on water shimmers with ripples.
Sketches are painted with their colours before our eyes.
The whole thing left us viewers speechless. Everyone appeared to quietly take in the experience, while walking around and taking photos.
And since I still can’t find enough words to eloquently describe it all to you, I am going to let the photos do it instead.
Thank you for reading.
Photos: Jenn Stone