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Van Gogh Alive

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This digital exhibition of Van Gogh has just opened in Brisbane and will be on show until 23 December 2021. This is an exhibition of the life and works of the famous Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh, who sadly in his lifetime never received the public acknowledgement and love for his paintings, nor was he able to sell many of them while he was alive.
Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh

Despite his emotional turmoils and considerable financial woes, he was able to produce some 2000 paintings and drawings in his life, so there is a rich and vibrant collection from which this curated exhibition can draw its material. So many of us know a lot of his works. The famous vase with sunflowers, his resplendent blue irises, the pastures and fields of the south of France and his many paintings of flowers, trees, the countryside of southern France and the sky, whether in the day or at night.

This exhibition has posters in the entrance which gives you all the information you need before you enter the main hall.

It has divided the projections into five main parts:

The Netherlands, some of his earlier years and drawings.

The vibrancy of Paris which he loves but struggles to survive in.
Cafe terrace at night
Cafe terrace at night

His time in Arles, which was happy and productive but also tinged with some sadness as he lost friends and fought with his internal demons.

Saint Remy, his voluntary incarceration in a mental institution, when he had the chance to produce large canvases of nature.
Painting en plein air
Painting en plein air

Auvers sur Oise - approaching his final years.
The night sky and sea
The night sky and sea

And finally, a series of self-portraits, which are perhaps my favourites in this exhibition.

The artwork is presented on giant digital screens and you can walk around and enjoy them or sit and contemplate them more closely. The digital mastery is impressive, the shooting stars shoot down from his canvas of blue night sky, the birds fly in a field of corn, and the railway chugs along to its destination.

As I sat and watched, I took in his quotes and sayings and listened to the score of accompanying music, which was chosen to reflect his changing moods and times.

It's an impressive set-up - for all ages. There is plenty of parking and cafes nearby to make it a comfortable experience, and of course, there is also plenty of merchandising if you like that sort of thing.

Tickets can be found here.

Sunflower sunshine
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Why? A wonderful digital exhibition of Van Gogh.
Phone: 1800 956 662
Where: 257 MacArthur Ave, Hamilton QLD 4007.
Cost: As per website
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