Van Gogh Alive – The Multi-Sensory Exhibition Experience in the World
May 25, 2019
I’ve always been a fan of Vincent van Gogh, a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. When I was in Hong Kong last month, I was super lucky that the Van Gogh Alive Exhibition just started. This unique multi-sensory experience of an art exhibition is like no other, and it will last till 7 July 2019.
Visitors will be able to transcend time and space as you accompany Vincent van Gogh on a journey through Arles, Saint Rémy and Auvers-sur-Oise, where he created most of his timeless masterpieces. Set to an evocative classical music score, a thrilling display of over 3,000 inspirational images transforms every surface – walls, columns, ceilings and even floors. I had so much fun wandering through the galleries, exploring hidden nooks, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering fascinating perspectives.
Upon entering, the first gallery showcases some of Van Gogh’s art pieces and his bedroom in Arles. Van Gogh’s own title for this composition was simply, “The Bedroom”. It is not only among Van Gogh’s most popular paintings, but also one of his own personal favourites. In fact, he produced five versions of his Bedroom in Arles – three oils and two letter sketches – depicting his bedroom in the “Yellow House”. The bedroom paintings and sketches are among the very few examples where Van Gogh depicts his own paintings within an artwork. In the first version, Van Gogh displays two of his favourite portraits created in September 1888, while in the latest version, he includes a self portrait that he wouldn’t paint until September 1889.
The second and third galleries are where you get to experience the multi-sensory exhibitions, and the last room has canvases set up for you to try drawing or sketching on your own while watching a video guide.
The exhibition is pretty interactive and it was an entirely new experience for me. If you’re visiting Hong Kong during this period or live in Hong Kong, I would recommend spending some time at the Van Gogh Alive exhibition. It’s worth the time and money spent.
Van Gogh Alive
Address: 1/F, FTLife Tower, 18 Sheung Yuet Road, Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: 6 April 2019 to 7 July 2019 Mon-Thu 10am to 9pm. Fri-Sun&PH 10am to 10pm. Please note that 10am session is only for group visits. Public and individual visits start at 10.30am.