Monday, July 26, 2021
We were pleased to be invited to visit the Beyond Van Gogh exhibit at the Aberdeen Pavillion last Thursday.
On one hand, it's a slick all-senses-encompassing video presentation of Van Gogh’s paintings, presented to a string version of Don McLean’s Starry Starry Night, sponsored by a bank.
On the other hand, to be submerged in Van Gogh's swirling sunflowers, and fields, and stars on all sides – and below – can bring forth all sorts of emotions. Very few of us will be able to travel the world to see every Van Gogh painting, and Beyond Van Gogh not only brings them all, it brings them close enough to see every brush stroke. It's a marvel of tech and art and showmanship.
We even got to see Mayor Jim Watson talk about how the show will bring in tourism to Ottawa..
Cities just love the show. Our Van Gogh is currently in 15 cities; in Canada it’s showing in Vancouver and in Calgary. Torontonians, however get the competing show, Immersive Van Gogh, which was a hit in Montréal last year and is currently in New York, Los Angeles, and 17 other cities.
Cartoonist Ward Sutton makes fun of it all with 'Beyond Van Gogh: More Immersive Art Experiences’.
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We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren
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